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Arise legislative update: Alabama House restores some prison money to General Fund budget
The Alabama House voted 75-27 Tuesday night for a General Fund budget that would provide state prisons with more money than they would have received under a House committee's plan. The $1.7 billion budget is expected to go to a conference committee to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions. This legislative update highlights what the budget would mean for Medicaid, mental health, courts and other public services.
Arise legislative update: Alabama House passes Medicaid reform legislation that gives consumers voice at all levels
A Medicaid delivery reform bill that closely follows the recommendations of Gov. Robert Bentley's Medicaid reform commission passed the Alabama House 78-20 Tuesday night. The bill would create up to eight regional care organizations (RCOs) to provide Medicaid services and would allow Arise to recommend consumer members of the RCO boards. This legislative update highlights the bill's provisions.
Arise legislative update: Weakened payday loan reform bill moves to Alabama Senate
A compromise bill on payday lending was watered down even further by an Alabama Senate committee Tuesday. The panel approved the bill, but not before members diluted consumer protections and raised the proposed interest rate cap on payday loans. This legislative update highlights the bill's new provisions and its prospects during this year's regular session.
Arise legislative update: Historic preservation credits clear Alabama Senate committee; House panel OKs bonds to secure K-12 schools
A plan to create state tax credits for preserving historic buildings in Alabama took another step toward becoming law when it won Senate committee approval Wednesday. Also that day, a House committee signed off on a bond issue that would pay for safety renovations at K-12 schools. This legislative update highlights those bills' provisions.
Arise legislative update: Alabama House panel debates, takes no action on bill to send death penalty appeals straight to state Supreme Court
A House committee heard testimony but did not vote Wednesday on a bill that would create an "express lane" for executions in Alabama. The plan would send death penalty appeals directly to the state Supreme Court, bypassing the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. Chief Justice Roy Moore and many other criminal justice stakeholders testified against the bill. This legislative update highlights their reasons for opposition and the proposal's future prospects.
Arise legislative update: Alabama House committee makes few changes to General Fund budget
Medicaid and mental health services would receive flat funding next year under a General Fund (GF) budget that cleared a House committee Wednesday, while courts and prisons would get increases. ALL Kids and prisons would get less GF money than under the Senate's budget, while courts and cancer research would get more. This legislative update highlights the provisions of the House committee's budget.