Natural Resources – General

LWVAL Action Priority Level II - Monitoring occurs; action dependent on opportunity and available resources.

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thumbs_down_icon.jpgSB516 - Forever Wild Trust Fund, if electorate fails to reauthorize, funds for trust shall be reappropriated to high schools for vocational training and to Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, const. amend

Sponsor(s): Senator McGill

Summary/Synopsis:  Constitutional Amendment.  This bill would propose a constitutional amendment providing that if a majority of the qualified voters fail to ratify Act 2011-315 of the 2011 Regular Session to reauthorize the Forever Wild Land Trust or reauthorize the Trust with fewer yes votes than this amendment, then the money that would have funded the Forever Wild Land Trust would be transferred to the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, and to the Education Trust Fund.
League Action and Justification: LWVAL opposes SB516.
The League supports the Forever Wild reauthorization as aiding both quality of life and economic development.

Bill Progress in Legislature:
4/12/2012: Read for the first time and referred to the
5/02/2012: Listed for Pubic Hearing at F&TE, Room 727, 9:30 a.m.
LWVAL is monitoring this bill.

HB727 - Utilities, expand the definition of certain wastewater service provider for regulation by the Public Service Commission, Sec. 37-4-2A added; Secs. 22-25B-6, 37-4-1 am'd

Sponsor(s): Representatives McClurkin and Carns

Summary/Synopsis: Under existing law, the Alabama Public Service Commission regulates certain wastewater service providers. This bill would expand the definition of a utility to include wastewater service providers and would allow utilities exempt from regulation under state law the ability to elect to be regulated by the Alabama Public Service Commission.
League Action and Justification: LWVAL is monitoring HB727.

Bill Progress in Legislature:
4/19/2012: First reading and referred to the

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