LWVAL 2012 First Special Session Legislative Report
Final update posted May 25, 2012

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2012 First Special Session of the Alabama Legislature convened Thursday, May 17, 2012

During the session, LWVAL keeps citizens informed about the Alabama Legislature's activities regarding issues of importance to the League through this Legislative Report. For each bill, the LWVAL Legislative Report includes bill sponsors, bill summary, complete bill text, current status of the legislation, LWVAL's position on the legislation, and LWVAL's action. The 2012 LWVAL Legislative Priorities are listed below. These are the issues on which the LWVAL Action Team is focused during the 2012 Regular Session and any subsequent special sessions.

Click an issue link below to see the bills introduced in the First Special Session of the 2012 Alabama Legislature and League action.

Priority Level I

      Constitutional Reform

      Campaign Finance and Elections including
         Campaign Finance
         Timely reporting of expenditures and donations; easy access to such information

      Voting Access and Practices

      Ethics in Government – including required and timely lobbying expenditure reports; greater Ethics Commission authority; clarity in Ethics Law language

      Government Transparency and Accountability

      Natural Resources - Energy Policy

Priority Level II

      Tax Reform, including ending sales tax on groceries

      Judicial Qualifications and Selection, including merit selection

      Natural Resources including
            Maintaining water purity and air quality; reservoir addition for state
            Alabama Water Management Plan
            Coastal Zone Protection

      Public Transportation

Priority Level III

      Other Ethics Issues


      Health Care


      Criminal Justice

      City & County Planning

      and other issues identified by LWVAL Advocacy Committee and/or Board or Local Leagues.