Legislative session for 2017 officially over as Senate, House adjourn

Updated: May. 19, 2017 at 9:20 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Senate has voted to adjourn for the 2017 session. The House has also voted to adjourn for the session, meaning the legislature's session is officially over for the year.

Sen Arthur Orr, R-Huntsville, moved to sine die. The motion passed, meaning the Senate is done. Less than an hour later, the House moved to sine die, ending the legislative session.

With the Senate adjournment, legislation such as the daycare oversight bill is dead.

Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh said the daycare bill, which was an attempt to close a loophole that allowed some facilities to operate without inspection, had opposition that was not going to be fixed by the end of the day. He said he expects it will be back next year.

The prison bill is also officially dead, which could lead to a special session.

"The prison issue is probably another issue we are going to need to keep our eye on," said House Speaker Mac McCutcheon.

Before ending the session, the House approved the midwives bill, which will allow a non-nurse midwife with a license from an accredited agency to legally assist in a home childbirth.

The delivery license reform bill, SB316, also passed in the last moments of the session. This will set an annual threshold of $10,000 in deliveries before a $100 delivery license is required, while capping interest and penalties.

The House also handed out the "Shroud Award," a tongue-in-cheek award for the deadest bill of the session. The award went to Rep. Bill Poole's gas tax bill.

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