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      Health Care in AL
           Health Care in AL 2010: Facts and Issues (based on 2010 study)
          
Health Care in AL 2013: Facts and Issues (based on 2013 update study)
          
LWVAL position on Health Care in AL

      Charter Schools

           Charter Schools: Facts and Issues (based on 2011 study)
          
LWVAL position on Charter Schools

      Alabama Legislature
           Alabama Legislature: Facts and Issues (based on 2003-2005 study)
          
LWVAL position on the Alabama Legislature

      Natural Resources
          Learn & Vote: Natural Resources & the Environment
          
Global Warming - Information and Action
          
LWVAL position on Natural Resources

      Constitutional Reform
           Various LWVAL study resources (dating 1969-present)
          
LWVAL position on Constitutional Reform


LWVAL ACTION ALERTS

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LWVAL Call to Action
[This Call to Action is cancelled.]
This call to action was issued April 22, 2017. Unfortunately, HB314 did pass both the House and Senate and was delivered for the governor's signature on May 17, 2017.

Please call your representative to
oppose bad lending bill HB314.


The League of Women Voters of Alabama, along with the Southern Poverty Law Center and Alabama Arise, opposes HB314 and its companion bill in the Senate, SB249. HB314 will be considered by the State House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 25. We need your help to stop this bill from going forward. Please call your representative in the state House and ask him or her to OPPOSE this bad lending bill. (Find your representative.)

HB314 would expand the Small Loan Act to include loans of up to $1500 (instead of $1000). It places these loans on a more expensive rate basis and tacks on some additional costs. The interest rate of loans covered by HB314, currently about 30%,  would increase to up to 174%. We recommend an interest cap of no more than 36%. Passage of this bill would make borrowing more expensive for low income people.

Thank you for taking action to oppose HB314 before Tuesday, April 25th! 

-- LWVAL Action Team


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LWVAL Urgent Call to Action
[This Call to Action is cancelled.]
This call to action was issued April 18, 2017. Unfortunately, SB284 was indefinitely postponed in the Senate on May 17, 2017, essentially killing the bill.

Please call this morning
BEFORE 11:30 AM, APRIL 18th
 
to support
Payday Lending Reform Bill
 
SB 284

Sen. Slade Blackwell has scheduled a meeting of the Senate Banking Committee for 11:30, APRIL 18th. Please please call him at 334 242-7856 and thank him for calling the meeting. And urge him to vote Yes on SB284!

Is your state senator on the Banking Committee? Check here. If so, please also call him or her and urge  support for SB284.

We share this from Kimble Forrister of the Arise Citizens' Policy Project:

"Sen. Arthur Orr’s SB 284 crafts a compromise between the needs of consumers and lenders. Payday lenders would be allowed to charge $17.50 per $100 borrowed, and borrowers would get 30 days to repay. If they couldn’t repay then, there would be an “exit ramp”: The loan would convert automatically to a three-month installment loan with interest of 3 percent per month. Borrowers could only take out four loans every 12 months, and they’d have a seven-day “cooling-off” period between loans.... The bill’s reforms would protect borrowers across Alabama from getting caught in a debt trap."

Please call Sen. Blackwell now and, if on the Banking Committee, your senator, also. Thank you in advance for your immediate action!

-- LWVAL Action Team

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LWVAL 2017 Regular Session
Alabama Legislative Report


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Last updated May 20, 2017

The 2017 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature
adjourned Friday, May 19th sine die.

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LWVAL 2016 First Special Session
Alabama Legislative Report


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Last updated September 9, 2016.
The First Special Session 2016 of the Alabama Legislature has adjourned sine die. The LWVAL Legislative Report on this session remains posted for your review.

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LWVAL 2016 Regular Session
Alabama Legislative Report

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The 2016 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature
adjourned May 4, Sine Die. The 2016 Regular Session Legislative Report is updated through the end of the 2016 Regular Session and remains posted for your review.



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