2020 Alabama Legislative Update | Friday, Feb. 28, 2020
LEGISLATION IMPORTANT TO MANUFACTURE ALABAMA AND OUR MEMBERS
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE LEGISLATION
Both versions of this legislation, HB36 sponsored by Rep. Chip Brown (R—Mobile) and SB 45, sponsored by Sen. Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) have received favorable reports in committee and are waiting to get to the floor of their respective houses of origin. No actions were taken this week, as it was dominated by other legislation. 
ALTERNATIVE LAND COVER LEGISLATION
HB 140 sponsored by Rep. Allen Baker (R – Brewton) received a favorable report in senate committee this week. Since it has passed a full House vote already, if it survives on the floor with no amendments, this legislation should pass when it comes for a vote of the full Senate, and go to Governor Ivey for her signature. 
GENERAL INTEREST LEGISLATION
OCCUPATIONAL TAXES 
Representative Chris Sells (R—Greenville) sponsored HB 147, which will outlaw municipalities from directly enacting an occupational, should they not have on in place before February 1, 2020 passed the House of Representatives last week. 

It was fast tracked out of senate committee and onto the floor for final passage this week, where it passed 27-7 on a party line vote. It now goes to Governor Ivey for her signature or veto.

Also as promised by Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed, the Montgomery City Council approved a 1% business licensee fee on February 18th. 

This sets up a probable legal fight between Montgomery and the legislature. Montgomery (or any municipality) must now petition the legislature and pass a separate bill allowing them to pass any new occupational taxes. 
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT WEEK
The Legislature has now used up ¼ of their constitutionally mandated meeting days. If you think of the legislature as a prize fight, we are through the early rounds. Now comes the slog through the middle rounds where legislation that does not pertain directly to Manufacture’s interests will take up the bulk of the time. We will be ready to take advantage of any openings we see, and have fresh legs and a clear head for the final rounds. 
ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, MARCH 3
VOTE

Tuesday, March 3 is Primary Election Day in Alabama. No matter if you intend to vote in Republican primaries to choose a nominee for US Senate, or nominees for US House in CDs 1,2 and 5, or in the Democratic primaries to weigh in on Super Tuesday to help choose a presidential nominee and numerous local judges and county commission races, we encourage all members and their employees to vote and have their voice heard. 
VOTE YES on Amendment 1
Education is on the ballot this year in Alabama and Manufacture Alabama, along with other grassroots organizations, has launched the “Yes for the Best Education” campaign to help Gov. Kay Ivey realize her vision for stable and effective leadership in education.

We encourage our members and their employees to vote YES on Amendment 1 on Super Tuesday.
2020 CENSUS ALABAMA COUNTS
2020 CENSUS
Each and every citizen of this great state needs to participate in the 2020 Census. Federal funding is directly tied to the number of citizens from each state. If citizens participate at the 2000 level, we will lose two Congressional seats. If the participation level is comparable to 2010, the State will lose one congressional seat.

Learn more about the Alabama Census here.
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