What Alabamians need to know about the latest activity on Goat Hill — April 6, 2021
MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Legislature on Tuesday will convene for the 19th day of its 2021 regular session.
This comes after both chambers met into the late afternoon hours last Thursday.
The Senate’s day, which can be followed in a live tweet thread here, featured cloturing of Democratic filibusters throughout.
View the Senate’s full activity from the day here.
The House’s day can be followed in tweet threads here and here. The highlight of the lower chamber’s activity, which can be viewed in full here, was the respective passage of SB 126 as amended and HB 437.
Tuesday will see a few important committee meetings take place before both chambers gavel in.
Senate Education Policy will meet at 10:45 a.m. The agenda makes it a must-watch meeting and is led-off by Sen. Del Marsh’s (R-Anniston) SB 365. Introduced on Thursday, the bill would create the Open Schools Act of 2021. This piece of legislation would allow students to enroll in Alabama public schools outside of their district of residence, with the stipulation that each student doing so would be required to pay the local per student share of tax revenue associated with the enrolling school. Schools would not be forced to accept students residing outside their district if they do not have space, as well as additional exceptions.
It should also be that the committee is set to take up Rep. Rod Scott’s (D-Fairfield) HB 486, which would create the Extended Learning Opportunities Act.
At 1:00 p.m., Senate Governmental Affairs will consider a slate that includes House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter’s (R-Rainsville) HB 220, Rep. Wes Allen’s (R-Troy) HB 285 to ban curbside voting, Rep. A.J. McCampbell’s (D-Linden) HB 411, and Sen. Gerald Allen’s (R-Tuscaloosa) SB 358 to establish the Alabama Second Amendment Preservation Act.
At 12:30 p.m., the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee will take up SB 264, sponsored by Sen. Donnie Chesteen (R-Geneva). The legislation — which passed the Senate on Thursday as amended — would allow the licensed hunting of feral hogs and coyotes at night. The House companion version of this bill has already moved through the lower chamber.
The House will gavel in at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, while the Senate convenes at 2:30 p.m.
This will be a three-day legislative week.
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn