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2015 Bills of Interest

The following  is a summary of those bills which may be of interest to people with developmental disabilities and their families.

HB = House Bill
SB = Senate Bill

 

HB25

Currently, if a fine amount is not posted on a disability access parking sign, the violator does not have to pay the fine. This bill would make the fine applicable even if it is not posted on the sign.

Committee

Senate – Governmental Affairs

Sponsor

Johnson (Winston, Lawrence, Franklin, Morgan)

Status

Passed the House, 1st reading in Senate Committee (3-31-15)


HB41

At a polling place, a person with a physical disability or over the age of 70 may move to the front of the line to vote, if the person requests.

Committee

Constitutions, Ethics, and Elections

Sponsors

Standridge (Blount, Marshall)
Shedd (Morgan, Cullman, Blount, Marshall)

Status

Passed the House, 1st reading in Senate Committee (3-31-15)


HB274

The Wallace-Folsom Savings investment Plan would allow individuals with disabilities and their families to save without affecting their government benefits and/or incurring trust costs.

Committee

Ways & Means – Education

Sponsors

Johnson (Winston, Lawrence, Franklin, Morgan)
Davis (Mobile, Baldwin)
McCutcheon (Madison, Limestone)
Hill (Shelby)
Weaver (Shelby, Bibb, Chilton)
South (Tuscaloosa, Lamar, Fayette, Jefferson)
Butler (St. Clair, Etowah)
Williams, P (Madison, Limestone)
Faulkner (Jefferson)
Collins (Morgan)
Baker (Escambia, Baldwin)

Status

1st reading (3-12-15)


HB390

This bill would amend the Good Samaritan Code to provide civil immunity to a volunteer temporary caregiver who is under the direction of the primary caregiver for someone who has a disability or a chronic illness.

Committee

Judiciary

Sponsor

Weaver (Shelby, Bibb, Chilton)

Status

1st reading (4-2-15)


SB82

This bill would require identification from the individual prior to the issuance of a windshield placard for disability access parking.

Committee

Public Safety & Homeland Security

Sponsor

Holley (Pike, Dale, Covington)

Status

Passed Senate. 1st reading in House committee (3-19-15).


SB226

This is the Senate version of HB 274 (see above)

Committee

Ways & Means – Education

Sponsors

Brewbaker (Montgomery, Crenshaw, Elmore)
Melson (Madison, Limestone, Lauderdale)
Dunn (Jefferson)
Whatley (Tallapoosa, Russell, Lee)
Glover (Mobile)
Figures (Mobile)
Hightower (Mobile)
Smitherman (Jefferson)
Orr (Morgan, Madison, Limestone)
Stutts (Marion, Lawrence, Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin)
Ross (Montgomery)
Pittman (Baldwin)
Reed (Winston, Walker, Tuscaloosa, Jefferson Fayette)
Ward (Shelby, Chilton, Jefferson, Bibb, Hale)
Williams (St. Clair, Cherokee, DeKalb, Etowah)
Allen (Tuscaloosa, Pickens, Lamar)
Smith (Dale, Geneva, Houston)
Albritton (Washington, Monroe, Conecuh, Clarke, Choctaw, Mobile, Baldwin, Escambia)
Singleton (Tuscaloosa, Sumter, Pickens, Marengo, Clarke, Choctaw, Greene, Hale)
Waggoner (Shelby, Jefferson)
Chambliss (Tallapoosa, Chilton, Autauga, Coosa, Elmore)
Holley (Pike, Coffee, Dale, Covington)
Marsh (Talladega, Clay, Calhoun)
McClendon (Talladega, St. Clair, Shelby)
Blackwell (Talladega, Shelby, Jefferson)
Beasley (Russell, Macon, Lee, Bullock, Barbour, Henry, Houston)
Scofield (Marshall, Madison, Blount, Dekalb)
Bussman (Winston, Marion, Lawrence, Cullman)

Status

Passed Senate. 1st reading in House committee (4-7-15)