2006 Legislative Session: Which Bills Passed? Which ones Didn't?

Here's a look at legislation that has passed or died in the 2006 session of the Alabama Legislature.

The following bills PASSED both houses:
  • $1.65 billion General Fund budget for non-education agencies.
  • $6 billion education budget.
  • 7% pension increases for retired state workers and education employees.
  • 5% cost-of-living raises for current state workers and education employees.
  • Additional raises ranging from 5% to 10% for law enforcement personnel at the state Department of Public Safety to try to improve employee retention.
  • Raising the level at which many Alabama workers start paying the state income tax.
  • Recognizing two crimes, instead of one, when a pregnant woman is assaulted or killed.
  • Banning fights between trained dogs and penned wild hogs.
  • Moving Alabama's primary runoff election from June 27 to July 18 to make sure the military overseas have time to cast absentee ballots.
  • Giving new legal protection to people who kill intruders in their homes, businesses and vehicles.
  • Allowing the state Agriculture Department to implement an animal identification system in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Providing judges with a voluntary list of recommended sentences for various crimes.
  • Toughening the penalties for motorists who pass stopped school buses.
  • Requiring landlords to provide safe, habitable housing and allowing bad tenants to get kicked out quicker.
  • Extending the school year by five days to 180 days.
  • Requiring the words "flood vehicle" on the title papers of any water-damaged vehicle that was totaled out by an insurance company and then rebuilt.
  • Allowing Marion Military Institute's private junior college to become part of the state's two-year college system.
  • Updating Alabama's child pornography laws to include pornography produced through new media, including the Internet.
  • Toughening Alabama's identity theft law by making all cases into felonies and extending the statute of limitations.
  • Making qualified withdrawals from the state's 529 college-savings plan exempt from Alabama income taxes.
  • Naming the black bear as the official state mammal.
The following bills are DEAD:
  • Providing a course for Alabama's public high schools about the literary and historic significance of the Bible.
  • dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px">Banning beer kegs from private parties.
  • dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px">Requiring Alabama's public school students to begin the school day by saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px">Banning electronic bingo games and electronic sweepstakes games used at dog tracks.
  • dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px">Banning most abortions.
  • dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px">Enacting new penalties for illegal aliens and businesses that hire them.
  • dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px">Placing a moratorium on the use of the death penalty.
  • dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px">Allowing cities to post cameras at traffic lights that would issue automatic citations to motorists who run the red lights.
  • dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px">Ending partisan elections for judges and have them run without party labels.
  • dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px">Requiring legislators to post their travel expenses on the Internet.
  • dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px">Allowing Alabama citizens to vote on having a constitutional convention to write a new state constitution.
  • dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px">Expanding Alabama's hate crimes law to include crimes committed because of a victim's sexual orientation.
  • dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px">Making kindergarten attendance mandatory.
  • dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px">Enacting term limits for legislators.