The 2001 Regular Legislative Session: An Overview - Montgomery Alabama news.

May 22, 9:35 a.m.

The 2001 Regular Legislative Session: An Overview

What passed:

  • General fund budget with extra money for prisons.
  • Education budget with money to expand the state's early learning program and provide scholarships to future math and science teachers.
  • Selling up to 110 million dollars in bonds for public schools and universities.
  • Selling 104 million dollars in bonds for economic development and flood control projects.
  • Increasing the cost of reinstating a revoked or suspended license driver's license, which will provide money to hire state troopers.
  • Requiring new school superintendents to take legal and financial training.
  • Creating a 401 K style retirement program for government employees, but excluding elected officials.
  • Creating the crime of identity theft.
  • Doubling the fines for speeding in a highway construction zone while workers are present.
  • Prohibiting candidates for state agriculture commissioner from accepting campaign contributions from people associated with businesses regulated by the state department of agriculture and industries.
  • Raising the age for driving a boat unsupervised from 12 to 14.
  • Recognizing pistol permits from other states than recognize Alabama's pistol permits.
  • Requiring the state flag to fly on many public buildings.
  • Providing for the use and legal recognition of electronic records, signatures and contracts.
  • Allowing a minute of silent meditation at public school athletic events and graduation ceremonies.
  • Making prostitution a crime statewide.

What died:

  • Providing appropriations for many non-state programs, including private colleges.
  • Creating new retirement benefits to keep state employees and teachers in their jobs beyond 25 years.
  • Allowing the legislature's contract review committee to veto state contracts for personal services.
  • Increasing travel compensation for legislators.
  • Requiring city and county school systems to have 30 mills of property tax, or the equivalent in other taxes, for public schools.
  • Raising the minimum amount of automobile liability insurance that Alabamians must buy.
  • Requiring the state to take bids on any projects costing more than 25-thousand dollars.
  • Exempting sales of clothing from the state sales tax for four days in July when parents are doing back-to-school shopping.
  • Increasing the penalties for making crystal meth.
  • Requiring inmates convicted of many violent crimes and sex crimes to serve 85 percent of their sentences before being considered for parole.
  • Requiring voters to show ids at the polls.
  • Restoring the voting rights of former felons.
  • Providing for the election of the nine justices on the state supreme court from districts rather than statewide and having the justices pick the chief justice.
  • Closing adult arcades and allowing dog tracks to have gambling machines with unlimited cash prizes.
  • Restricting driving hours for 16-year-olds.
  • Requiring children to wear helmets when riding scooters.
  • Shielding large hog and poultry farms from lawsuits claiming they are nuisances.
  • Requiring physical education each year a student is in high school rather than just one year.
  • Making it unlawful to relocate or obscure historic monuments and memorials.
  • Requiring students in kindergarten through the fifth grade to address their teachers with "yes, ma'am" and "yes, sir."
  • Calling a constitutional convention to rewrite the state constitution.
  • Allowing the legislature to rewrite the state constitution all at once.
  • Requiring a 24-hour waiting period for abortions.
  • Requiring doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges in the cities where they work.
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