The 2014 Legislative Wrapup is here.

Current Legislation is organized by topic.  Look at the “Current Legislation” link on the menu at the top of this page.

What follows is a list of all bills introduced that ASC has determined relate to Alabama’s school community.  The source of this information is the Alabama Legislative Information System Online.

[NEW: March 5, 2014] You can sort the table by the progress of the bill. Click on the arrows in the “status” column. Bills progress in five stages, with 1 being introductory and 5 being final passage.

Status

1 – In committee in house of origin
2 – In full chamber in house of origin (means it received a favorable report from the committee)
3 – In committee in second house
4 – In full chamber in second house (means it received a favorable report from the committee in the second house)
5 – Enrolled, enacted (means it passed the second house)

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Bill Number
DescriptionStatus - Updated 04/15/14Companion Bill
HB001Alabama Ahead Act. commencing with 2014-2015 school year, revised to delete pen-enabled requirement, phase-in requirement and reassignment provisions, advisory committee revised, schools given question of participating, local school systems to contribute 25 percent of funding
1 - In Committee
SB001
HB015
Schools, allow school district to educate students about traditional winter celebrations and offer traditional greetings
2 - In full chamber in house of origin
HB017
Sovereign immunity, immunity for officers, employees, agents of the state, including certain employees of local school boards and State Board of Education, codified, except when unless he or she acts willfully, maliciously, fraudulently, in bad faith, or beyond his or her authority.
See HB064HB064, SB055
HB026
Prohibits unfunded mandates for local boards of education, Constitutional Amendment
4 - Passed by house of origin, in full chamber in second house
similar to HB117
HB033
Warrantless arrests, authorized for a person tresspassing on property of an educational institution
4 - Passed by house of origin, in full chamber in second house
HB045
Alabama Religious Freedom Amendment, Ten Commandments, display of on state property and at public schools, Constitutional Amendment
4 - Passed by house of origin, in full chamber in second house
SB064
HB064
Sovereign immunity, immunity for officers, employees, agents of the state, including certain employees of local school boards and State Board of Education, codified, except when unless he or she acts willfully, maliciously, fraudulently, in bad faith, or beyond his or her authority.

5 - Enacted 2014-124HB017, SB055
HB083
Penny Trust Fund (PTF), Comptroller authorized to transmit funds from PTF to State Board of Education, Secs. 41-15A-2, 41-15A-6 am'd
5 - Enacted 2014-314
HB084
Ethics Commission, redact certain information on a statement of economic interest, filed by public official or public employee, Sec. 36-25-4.3 am'd.
Indefinitely postponed in house of origin; See SB066
SB066
HB117
Unfunded mandates, remove exception for local boards of education from Amendment 621, Amendment 621, (Section 111.05 of Recompiled Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended), am'd., const. amend.
1 - In Committee
similar to HB026
HB121
Taxation, exempt private schools from sales and use tax
1 - In Committee
HB123
Public health, stocking and administration of premeasured doses of epinephrine by schools and other authorized entities
1 - In Committee
HB129
Private schools, colleges, universities, sale of tangible property, including lunches sold within school buildings continue to be exempt from state and local sales and use taxes, Secs. 40-23-4, 40-23-62 am'd.
5 - Enacted 2014-325
HB139
Sex education, minimum contents, reference to homosexuality removed, Sec. 16-40A-2 am'd.
1 - In Committee
HB150
Diabetes, school students, care by voluntary diabetes care personnel pursuant to care management plan, guidelines by State Department of Public Health and State Education Department, care may include injections by trained personnel
1 - In Committee
HB233
HB153
Criminal procedure, hearsay statements of a child, admissible if child was under 12 years of age at the time statement was given, Sec. 15-25-31 am'd.
2 - In full chamber in house of origin
SB224
HB156Anaphylaxis preparedness program, St. Department of Education to develop and each local board of education to implement by 2015-2016 scholastic year for use of premeasured autoinjectable epinephrine on each public school campus
5 - Enacted 2014-405SB125
HB161
Legislature, prohibited employment in public sector, contracts for legal services with county or city prohibited, (double dipping), Sec. 29-1-26 am'd.
1 - In Committee
HB166
Driver's licenses, restricted license authorized for person whose license is suspended or revoked under certain conditions, penalties for exceeding restrictions on license
1 - In Committee
HB178
Parents or legal guardian, authorize treatment for medical, dental, health, or mental health service, including committment to mental health facility, where minor refused, when minor is older than 14 and younger than 18
1 - In Committee
HB184
Ten Commandments, display of on state property and at public schools, authorized, const. amend.
1 - In Committee
SB064, HB045
HB186
Interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications, Attorney General authorized to apply for court order for approval of, procedures and limitations for intercept orders, emergency interceptions, disclosure of recorded communications, appeals, penalties for violations, Child Protection and Safe Streets Act, Secs. 15-5-41 to 15-5-47, inclusive, added
1 - In Committee
HB191School attendance, to prohibit any child who withdraws from public school to attend an accredited online school from being considered a drop-out or non-graduate for determining graduation rates, Sec. 16-28-3 am'd.
5 - Enacted 2014-403
SB219
HB196

Kyle Graddy Act, possession and self-administration of auto-injectable epinephrine by students permitted, Sec. 16-1-39 am'd

1 - In Committee
SB041, SB083
HB209

Initiative, constitutional amendments, proposed by people, authorized, Legislature may offer alternate proposal, const. amend.

1 - In Committee
HB228
Public health, stocking and administration of premeasured doses of epinephrine by schools and other authorized entities
1 - In Committee
HB233Diabetes, school students, care by voluntary diabetes care personnel pursuant to care management plan, guidelines by State Department of Public Health and State Education Department, care may include injections by trained personnel
3 - Passed by house of origin, in committee in second houseHB150
HB237
Competitive bid, preference given to certain responsible bidders, Sec. 41-16-20 am'd.2 - In full chamber in house of originSB076
HB244
Alabama Open Meetings Act, prohibit serial meetings, to clarify Open Meetings Act applies to meeting of the Legislature, committees, or subcommittees of governmental bodies, penalties, Secs. 36-25A-1, 36-25A-2, 36-25A-3, 36-25A-9 am'd.
1 - In Committee
SB191
HB245
This is the Education Trust Fund budget proposal.
1 - In Committee
SB184
HB249
These are conditional appropriations from the ETF.
1 - In Committee
SB183
HB250
Public education employees, salary increase, including K-12 and certain other designated education institutions
1 - In Committee
SB232
HB260
School of Fine Arts, selection of executive committee to transact business in lieu of quorum authorized, Sec. 16-26B-6 am'd.
3 - Passed by house of origin, in committee in second houseSB154
HB266
Daylight savings, permanent conversion in Alabama
2 - In full chamber in house of origin
HB269
Bids, competitive, contracts for which bids not generally required, increase threshold amount from $7,500 to $15,000, Sec. 41-16-21 am'd.
4 - Passed by house of origin, in full chamber in second house
HB272
Buses, schools allowing violation to be enforced by video recording, Sec. 32-5A-154 am'd
1 - In Committee
HB277
Assault in the third degree, if assault is committed by a person 21 years of age or older against a person who is less than 18 years of age on school property, school bus, or at a school-sponsored function, penalties increased, Sec. 13A-6-22 am'd.
2 - In full chamber in house of origin
HB281
Religious expression in schools, authorized, Alabama Student Religious Liberties Act
2 - In full chamber in house of origin
HB285
Individuals with disabilities, promotion of employment by state programs and services, Jeff Ridgeway Alabama Employment First Initiative Act
1 - In Committee
HB295
Mandates class size caps, phased in over the next four years. K-third grade: 15 students; 4th through 8th: 22; 9th through 12th: 25.
1 - In Committee
HB296
Mandatory school attendance, increased from age 17 to 18
1 - In Committee
HB298
Education, School Resource Officers' Act, half of funding for hiring, training, and equipping of officers from local school system, contingent upon constitutional amendment creating Alabama Lottery Corporation
1 - In Committee
HB306
Appropriation, Education Trust Fund, supplemental appropriation to Education Department for 2013-2014 fiscal year of excess funds set aside to finance credits authorized by the Alabama Accountability Act
1 - In Committee
HB307
Repeals the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013
1 - In Committee
HB308
Establishes an Education Lottery
1 - In Committee
HB309
Related to the Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (PACT) program; provides for full payment of tuition and fees to PACT contract holders
1 - In Committee
HB313
Repeals the Employee Liability Insurance Program; moves the $5 million back to the State Board of Education for dual enrollment programs in 2-year colleges.
1 - In Committee
HB314
Provides for 6% raise for certified employees, $1000 or 6% (whichever is greater) pay raise for support employees.
1 - In Committee
HB315
Repeal Rolling Reserve Act.
1 - In Committee
HB318
This bill provides for a period of time in the public schools for studying the formal procedures of the United States Congress including the verbatim reading of a congressional opening prayer.
2 - In full chamber in house of origin
HB337
Public education, definitions, arrest warrants, public school employees, issuance of arrest warrant for actions occurring while performing official duties, procedures
2 - In full chamber in house of originSB192
HB345
Alabama Workforce Council, created, duties, workforce development, membership
Indefinitely postponed in house of origin; See SB217SB217
HB348
Age of majority, designated as 18 years for participation in college or university research
4 - Passed by house of origin, in full chamber in second house
SB263
HB350Examiners of Public Accounts Department placed in Officer of State Auditor
4 - Passed by house of origin, in full chamber in second house
HB353
Changes Average Daily Membership (ADM) count of students from 20 days after Labor Day to first 20 days of school.
1 - In Committee
HB354
Mandates that private, nonpublic and church schools not be subject to regulation or licensure by the Department of Education. Ensures no student/employee is denied admittance/certification because of attendance/ employment by a private, nonpublic or church school.
1 - In Committee
HB374
Marriage dissolution education programs, participation is required for certain parties in marital dissolution actions with minor children; program requirements established, fees
2 - In full chamber in house of origin
HB384
Career-Technical Dual Enrollment Program, state income tax credit for contributions to the Department of Postsecondary Education
5 - Enacted 2014-147
HB426Sex offenders, sex offender convicted of crime with a minor prohibited within 500 feet of public school K-12 property during instructional hours, Class C felony, Sec. 15-20A-17 am'd.
4 - Passed by house of origin, in full chamber in second house
SB297
HB442
School buses, automated civil enforcement of school bus violations, county and city boards of education may initiate and enforce, district and municipal courts, county and city law enforcement
1 - In CommitteeSB144
HB454
Flexible School Calendar Act, temporary calendar parameters removed, local board of education may provide for 1080 instructional hours, Sec. 16-13-231am'd.
4 - Passed by house of origin, in full chamber in second house


HB456
School of Cyber Technology and Information Technology, established, board, operation of school
2 - In full chamber in house of origin
HB478
Public education, reduction-in-force policies, contents further provided for, significant factors specified, compliance with antidiscrimination laws required, Sec. 16-1-33 am'd.
2 - In full chamber in house of originSB353
HB479
Virtual Public Schools Act, local boards of education may provide alternative choice for education via the Internet
1 - In CommitteeSB345
HB503
Schools, students taught at home by either private tutor or under church school law may participate in public K-12 extracurricular activities, Equal Access to Athletics Act
2 - In full chamber in house of origin
HB505
Educators' associations, equal access to public school districts and their employees required, equal access to public institutions of higher learning and their employees, required
2 - In full chamber in house of origin
HB512
Income tax, tax credit for hiring certain persons under age 19 during school breaks, after school, or on weekends
1 - In Committee
HB513
Minors, Internet post, removal under certain circumstances
2 - In full chamber in house of origin
HB521
Taxation, band instruments of certain value exempt from sales and use tax during tax holiday, Sec. 40-23-210 am'd.
2 - In full chamber in house of originSB382
HB546
Schools, nonpublic K-12 schools, autonomy of clarified, Secs. 16-28-1, 16-28-5, 16-28-7 repealed
2 - In full chamber in house of originSB420
HB553
Warrantless arrests, authorized upon commission of certain crimes on property of an educational institution, Secs. 13A-7-1, 15-10-3 am'd.
2 - In full chamber in house of origin
HB558
Alabama Accountability Act, $7,500 limit on scholarship contributions by individual taxpayers removed, pass-through entities allowed to make contributions to scholarship granting organizations, release date for unaccounted scholarship funds moved, reporting period changed from calendar to school year, Sec. 16-6D-9 am'd.
4 - Passed by house of origin, in full chamber in second house
HB569
Student data, use of by providers of cloud computing service
1 - In CommitteeSB425
HB593Sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention, programs in K-12 schools, required, Secs. 16-28B-6, 16-28B-8 am'd.1 - In Committee
HB609One percent sales and use tax, ending October 30, 2017, 40% to go to Fayette County Board of Education1 - In Committee
SB001Alabama Ahead Act. commencing with 2014-2015 school year, revised to delete pen-enabled requirement, phase-in requirement and reassignment provisions, advisory committee revised, schools given question of participating, local school systems to contribute 25 percent of funding
4 - Passed by house of origin, in full chamber in second houseHB001
SB007Prohibits unfunded mandates for local boards of education, Constitutional Amendment
5 - Enacted 2014-185
SB010
Foundation for Local Schools, dissolved and monies disbursed to local schools and trust accounts. The Foundation for Local Schools was created by legislative act as a public corporation to accept and invest private donations for the enhancement of public K-12 schools.
5 - Enacted 2014-372
SB013Behavior Analyst Licensing Board, established within Division of Developmental Disabilities of Department of Mental Health, regulation of behavior analyst, exempting membership, powers and duties, subject to Sunset Law
5 - Enacted 2014-163
SB018Schools, allow school district to educate students about traditional winter celebrations and offer traditional greetings
4 - Passed by house of origin, in full chamber in second house

SB025
Child support, post-minority education expense, courts prohibited from awarding
2 - In full chamber in house of origin
SB038
Related to private, nonpublic and church schools: State Department of Education cannot regulate, public 2-year and 4-year institutions may not deny admittance to students who attended, State Department of Education may not deny certification to person employed by.
5 - Enacted 2014-245
SB039
Exempts private schools from sales and use tax.
1 - In Committee
SB041
Kyle Graddy Act, possession and self-administration of auto-injectable epinephrine by students permitted
1 - In Committee
SB083, HB196
SB042
Expands the time period for contracts from three to five years for competitively bid personal property or contractual services.
1 - In Committee
SB299
SB055
Sovereign immunity, immunity for officers, employees, agents of the state, including certain employees of local school boards and State Board of Education, codified, except when unless he or she acts willfully, maliciously, fraudulently, in bad faith, or beyond his or her authority.

See HB064
HB064
SB057Diabetes, school students, care by voluntary diabetes care personnel pursuant to care management plan, guidelines by State Department of Public Health and State Education Department, care may include injections by trained personnel
5 - Enacted 2014-437
SB058Alabama Open Meetings Act, members of governmental bodies may participate in meetings and deliberation electronically; prohibits SBOE and a few others from participating
4 - Passed by house of origin, in full chamber in second house
SB064
Ten Commandments, display of on state property and at public schools, authorized, const. amend.
1 - In Committee
HB045, HB184
SB066Ethics Commission, redact certain information on a statement of economic interest, filed by public official or public employee, Sec. 36-25-4.3 am'd.
5 - Enacted 2014-71HB084
SB075Schools, meningococcal meningitis, local boards of education to provide information on disease and vaccine provided when other health information provided, Education Department, develop and make information available
5 - Enacted 2014-274
SB076
Competitive bid, preference given to certain responsible bidders, Sec. 41-16-20 am'd.
1 - In Committee
HB237
SB079Public contracts, 5 percent preference for resident businesses under certain conditions, verification of satisfaction of criteria by Finance Department, Sec. 41-16-20 am'd
4 - Passed by house of origin, in full chamber in second house
SB083
Kyle Graddy Act, possession and self-administration of auto-injectable epinephrine by students permitted, Sec. 16-1-39 am'd
4 - Passed by house of origin, in full chamber in second houseSB041, HB196
SB091
Elected state officials, Legislature authorized to recall by general law, const. amend.
Indefinitely postponed in house of origin
SB118
Education, gifted or talented children, start-up grants for educational programs provided by State Department of Education if funds are available
2 - In full chamber in house of origin
SB120Employees' Retirement System and Teachers' Retirement System, part-time service by retirees as independent contractors authorized, written notice to system required, Secs. 16-25-26, 36-27-8.2 am'd
5 - Enacted 2014-297
SB125
Anaphylaxis preparedness program, St. Department of Education to develop and each local board of education to implement by 2015-2016 scholastic year for use of premeasured autoinjectable epinephrine on each public school campus
1 - In Committee
HB156
SB144School buses, automated civil enforcement of school bus violations, county and city boards of education may initiate and enforce, district and municipal courts, county and city law enforcement
4 - Passed by house of origin, in full chamber in second houseHB442
SB154School of Fine Arts, selection of executive committee to transact business in lieu of quorum authorized, Sec. 16-26B-6 am'd
5 - Enacted 2014-276HB260
SB183
Appropriations, 2013-2014 fiscal year, Education Trust Fund, Auburn University Aviation Program and Rainy Day Account Repayment, Act 2013-264, 2013 Reg. Sess., am'd.
Indefinitely postponed in house of originHB249
SB184Education budget, appropriations for the support, maintenance, and development of public education
5 - Enacted 2014-456HB245
SB187
Schools, Alabama Accountability Act, Act 2013-64, 2013 Reg. Sess., repealed; Secs. 16-6D-1 to 16-6D-10, inclusive, repealed
1 - In Committee
SB191Alabama Open Meetings Act, prohibit serial meetings, to clarify Open Meetings Act applies to meeting of the Legislature, committees, or subcommittees of governmental bodies, penalties, Secs. 36-25A-1, 36-25A-2, 36-25A-3, 36-25A-9 am'd.
4 - Passed by house of origin, in full chamber in second houseHB244
SB192Public education, definitions, arrest warrants, public school employees, issuance of arrest warrant for actions occurring while performing official duties, procedures
4 - Passed by house of origin, in full chamber in second houseHB337
SB196
Drivers' licenses, autism spectrum disorder, persons with autism spectrum disorder to have "ASD" displayed on driver's license
2 - In full chamber in house of origin
SB203Parental right, to make decisions regarding child's education, upbringing, and care
3 - Passed by house of origin
SB213Bids, competitive, contracts for which bids not generally required, increase threshold amount from $7,500 to $15,000, Sec. 41-16-21 am'd.
5 - Enacted 2014-175
SB217
Creates Alabama Workforce Council to advise, among others, Department of Education
5 - Enacted 2014-16
HB345
SB219
School attendance, to prohibit any child who withdraws from public school to attend an accredited online school from being considered a drop-out or non-graduate for determining graduation rates
2 - In full chamber in house of origin
HB191
SB224
Criminal procedure, hearsay statements of a child, admissible if child was under 12 years of age at the time statement was given
2 - In full chamber in house of origin
HB153
SB232Provides for 2% pay raise for various employees, including teachers
3 - Passed by house of origin, in committee in second houseHB250
SB263Age of majority, designated as 18 years for participation in college or university research, Sec. 26-1-1 am'd.2 - In full chamber in house of origin
SB290
Flexible School Calendar Act, temporary calendar parameters removed, local board of education may provide for 1080 instructional hours
2 - In full chamber in house of origin
SB297Sex offenders, sex offender convicted of crime with a minor prohibited within 500 feet of public school K-12 property during instructional hours, Class C felony
5 - Enacted 2014-421HB426
SB299
Competitive bids, expands the time period for letting of contracts
4 - Passed by house of origin, in full chamber in second houseSB042
SB308
Amends the Educational Accountability and Intervention Act of 2013; clarifies conditions under which intervention can be authorized; provides that notice be sent to superintendent of school system1 - In Committee
SB316
Education, State Board of, intervention in educational operations of local boards of education, conditions warranting intervention revised, Sec. 16-6E-4 am'd.
1 - In Committee
SB345
Virtual Public Schools Act, local boards of education may provide alternative choice for education via the Internet
1 - In CommitteeHB479
SB353
Public education, reduction-in-force policies, contents further provided for, significant factors specified, compliance with antidiscrimination laws required, Sec. 16-1-33 am'd.
2 - In full chamber in house of originHB478
SB365
Salaries, public education employees, six percent pay increase provided
1 - In Committee
SB373
Retirement, DROP reestablished, exceptions, Secs. 16-25-150, 36-27-170 am'd.
1 - In Committee
SB380
Common Core Curriculum Standards, terminated, prior courses of study to be implemented 1 - In Committee
SB382
Taxation, band instruments of certain value exempt from sales and use tax during tax holiday, Sec. 40-23-210 am'd.
2 - In full chamber in house of originHB521
SB387Schools, students taught at home by either private tutor or under church school law may participate in public K-12 extracurricular activities, Tim Tebow Act
3 - Passed by house of originSB415
SB396
State employees, cost-of-living incr., for certain state employees and public education employees
1 - In Committee
SB415
Schools, students taught at home by either private tutor or under church school law may participate in public K-12 extracurricular activities
1 - In CommitteeSB387
SB420
Schools, nonpublic K-12 schools, autonomy of clarified, Secs. 16-28-1, 16-28-5, 16-28-7 repealed
1 - In CommitteeHB546
SB425
Student data, use of by providers of cloud computing service
2 - In full chamber in house of originHB569
SB428
Virtual Public Schools Act, local boards of education may provide alternative choice for education via the Internet
3 - Passed by house of origin, in committee in second house
SB430
Public education, institutions of higher education under direction of Alabama Council of College and University Presidents to create digital textbooks for free download by public K-12 schools
1 - In Committee
SB438State Superintendent of Education, change from appointed to elected, term provided, amend Amendment 284, const. amend.1 - In Committee
SB443Public K-12 Education, moratorium on further adoption of common core until 1/1/17, local board of education may opt out and use alternative curriculum, advisory commission created2 - In full chamber in house of origin