A Publication of The League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham
Published February 2006
Alabama Legislative Update
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This is the year that our State Legislature has a chance to show leadership and statesmanship. The League supports several bills introduced in this session.
First and foremost are two bills calling for a constitutional convention. If these pass, the other reform issues will be a part of the new constitution! They are HB 109 sponsored by House Speaker Pro Tem Demetrius Newton and SB 52 sponsored by Senator Ted Little.
HB109 is now in the House Constitution and Elections committee, following a Public Hearing held January 25th, which several League members attended. THE COMMITTEE WILL VOTE ON IT WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15.
SB52 is now in the Senate Constitution, Campaign Finance, Ethics and Elections Committee waiting for Committee Chair, Senator Wendell Mitchell, to call for a Public Hearing. That will probably happen during the third week of February.
Your support is desperately needed. Call your legislators on these committees (listed below) , and let them know you want them to vote for HB109 and SB52. YOUR IMMEDIATE CALL (before 10:00 a.m. on Feb. 15) FOR HB109 IS CRITICAL!
House Office Number: 334-242-7600 (Ask for your legislator’s number.)
Senate Office Number: 334-242-7800
The League also supports public transportation. Two bills currently before the legislature are constitutional amendments that would add public transit to the list of services for which fuel and road use taxes can be used. This is a statewide amendment and would make it possible for local communities to receive consistent funding for public transportation.
SB 182 is sponsored by Senator Rodger Smitherman.
HB 353 is sponsored by Rep. Laura Hall.
The League supports campaign finance reform. Two constitutional amendments would forbid PAC-to-PAC transfers.
HB 93 is sponsored by Rep. Jeff McLaughlin (Update - HB93 has passed the House!)
SB138 is sponsored by Senator Curt Lee
Three constitutional amendments would require funding disclosure for political campaigns.
HB90 sponsored by Rep. Randy Hinshaw requires disclosure on political advertising.
HB 113 sponsored by Rep. Randy Hinshaw extends that disclosure to electioneering communication.
SB 123 sponsored by Senator Lindsey extends the disclosure to electioneering communication.
Call your legislators and tell them to vote for these bills!
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