Alabama Lawmakers Back at Work

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Here's a list of proposals on Governor Bob Riley's agenda for the special session starting Tuesday:

- $1.5 billion General Fund budget for the fiscal year starting October First.

- $20.5 million appropriation to help the prison system meet its payroll this fiscal year.

- Four percent pay raise for state employees and a change in issuing their paychecks from every two weeks to twice a month.

- Lengthening minimum sentences for those who commit sex crimes against children and increasing the penalties for sex offenders who don't file their correct addresses with law enforcement agencies when they leave prison.

- Prohibiting city and county governments from using eminent domain to take private property for retail, office or residential development.

- Rewriting Alabama's unemployment tax law to bring it in compliance with federal law and avoid the loss of $630 million in federal tax credits.

- Lowering the level of intoxication for drivers of commercial vehicles from .08 to .04 percent blood-alcohol level and removing the state's requirement for having Social Security numbers on commercial driver's licenses and on automobile accident reports.

- Extending for three years legislation that expires September 30th, which provides exemptions from sales, use and lodging taxes for film companies working on projects in Alabama.

- Bringing the Alabama Department of Environmental Management into compliance with federal regulations by giving ADEM the authority to require municipal solid waste landfill operators to have adequate financial resources to correct any problems.

Legislators have proposed other issues which are not on the governor's agenda:
- Increasing the penalties for price gouging after a hurricane and creating the crime of home repair fraud.

- Stopping companies from putting huge liens on homes and businesses that have unpaid taxes and then collecting 12 percent interest when the owners want to redeem the property.

- Limiting campaign contributions to candidates in state races and limiting campaign spending by candidates.


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