State Government

Arise legislative update: Alabama Senate panel OKs plan to repay Alabama Trust Fund using BP oil spill settlement money

Any settlement funds that Alabama receives as a result of the 2010 BP oil spill would be set aside to repay the Alabama Trust Fund for recent transfers to the General Fund and its rainy day fund under a bill that a Senate committee approved Wednesday. This legislative update highlights that measure, as well as committee action on bills related to court fees and sales tax exemptions for medical supplies.

Read ACPP policy analyst Chris Sanders' legislative update here.

Arise legislative update: Medicaid reform bills advance in Alabama House committee

General Fund support for Alabama's Medicaid program would be capped for a decade starting in FY 2017 if a bill that a House committee approved Wednesday becomes law. The measure would not apply to state revenues outside the General Fund and would not forbid spending increases because of enrollment growth, lower provider assessments, unfunded federal mandates or changes to the federal Medicaid matching rate. This legislative update highlights this proposal and others that cleared a House committee this week.

Read ACPP policy analyst Chris Sanders' legislative update here.

Arise legislative update: Alabama's death penalty system plagued by inexperienced counsel, racial disparities, advocates tell Senate panel

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on a slate of five death penalty reform bills Wednesday. The bills ranged from suggesting that Alabama reconsider how it applies capital punishment to abolishing it altogether. This legislative update highlights those proposals and advocates' testimony surrounding them.

Read ACPP policy analyst Stephen Stetson's legislative update here.

Arise legislative update: Industry-backed title loan bill clears House committee

Over the objections of a large and vocal coalition, the House Financial Services Committee voted Wednesday to approve an industry-backed title loan bill that makes only minor changes to auto title lending practices in Alabama. Arise and other advocates testified against the bill, which makes no reforms to the triple-digit interest rates on title loans. This legislative update highlights the committee action on the measure.

Read ACPP policy analyst Stephen Stetson's legislative update here.

Arise legislative update: Tight General Fund budget clears Alabama Senate after majority quickly shuts down debate

The Alabama Senate voted 22-9 Tuesday night for a tight General Fund (GF) budget after allowing less than an hour of floor debate. Medicaid and mental health would receive flat funding next year under the $1.75 billion budget, while courts and prisons would see funding increases. This legislative update highlights the GF budget's provisions and how it sailed through the Senate so quickly.

Read ACPP policy analyst Chris Sanders' legislative update here.

Arise legislative update: State health officer says Alabama will have 'a different Medicaid program in 2014'

Alabama's Medicaid program could begin to take on a new look as soon as next year, State Health Officer Don Williamson told the House's General Fund budget committee Wednesday. Williamson said Medicaid must move toward a payment structure that rewards health outcomes rather than the performance of services. This legislative update highlights the state health officer's discussion of Medicaid's structural and financial future in Alabama.

Read ACPP policy analyst Chris Sanders' legislative update here.

Arise legislative update: Alabama House panel approves drug tests for some TANF applicants

Alabama moved a step closer Wednesday to requiring drug tests for some low-income applicants for public benefits when a House committee approved a bill to mandate tests for certain TANF applicants. Another House committee considered but took no action on a bill to restore the full homestead exemption for all disabled Alabamians, regardless of income. This legislative update highlights the committee debate on those proposals.


Read ACPP policy analyst Stephen Stetson's legislative update here.

Arise legislative update: Few funding gains for Alabama's human services under Senate committee's General Fund budget

Reduced health care access for vulnerable Alabamians and hundreds of court layoffs would be among the likely consequences of the General Fund (GF) budget that cleared a Senate committee this week. The $1.7 billion GF budget differs little from the one that Gov. Robert Bentley proposed and is balanced in part with nearly $200 million of one-time money. This legislative update highlights the provisions and potential effects of the budget plan.


Read ACPP policy analyst Chris Sanders' legislative update here.

Arise legislative update: Dark picture painted for Alabama courts, public safety agencies at General Fund hearings

Alabama’s court system will slash nearly 400 jobs next year without more General Fund (GF) support, judicial officials said Wednesday during GF budget hearings in Montgomery. Leaders of Alabama’s prisons and state troopers also detailed their strapped agencies’ struggles to meet growing needs amid years of flat or declining revenues. This legislative update highlights the budget needs of the state's judicial and public safety agencies.


Read ACPP policy analyst Chris Sanders' legislative update here.

Arise legislative update: Committees approve tax break bills, consider TANF drug tests

Alabama would offer state income tax credits for preserving historic buildings and make more farmers eligible for an existing credit for installing irrigation systems if bills approved by House and Senate committees Wednesday become law. This legislative update highlights those proposals and the Senate committee debate over a plan to require drug tests for certain TANF applicants.


Read ACPP policy analyst Chris Sanders' legislative update here.

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