Government including Transparency and Accountability

LWVAL Action Priority Level I (Highest) - Monitoring and action of highest priority. Major area for resource expenditures.

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green-right-arrow.jpgHB15 - Municipalities, governing body, exemption of public property from, requirements of memorial preservation acts, acts/code amd

Sponsor(s): Representative Givan

Synopsis: Amending §7 of Ala Code 41-9-236 (Alabama Memorial Preservation Act): would allow any municipality to opt out of the Act upon vote of the governing body of the municipality. Under existing law, certain agencies and entities are exempt


League Action and Justification: Monitor. LWVAL supports home rule but has no position on public monuments.

Bill Progress in Legislature:

01/09/2018 - Read for the first time and referred to the House Committee on State Government (SG).

green-right-arrow.jpgHB16 - Memorial Preservation Act, repealed, Secs. 41-9-230 to 41-9-237, inclusive, repealed

Sponsor(s): Representative Givan

Synopsis: To repeal Ala. Code 41-9-230 (The Alabama Memorial Preservation Act of 2017).


League Action and Justification: Monitor for now. LWVAL does not have a state position on preservation of Confederate monuments. We are seeking further guidance from the LWV national league on whether Confederate monuments can be considered as examples of intimidation and racial divisiveness.

Bill Progress in Legislature:

01/09/2018 - Read for the first time and referred to the House Committee on State Government (SG).

green-right-arrow.jpgHB17/SB18 - Vacancies, United States Senator, temporary appointment by Governor until next general election authorized, Sec. 36-9-7 am'd; Sec. 36-9-8 repealed

Sponsor(s):
HB17 - Representative Givan
SB18 - Senator Dial

Synopsis: Amend Ala. Code 36-9-7 and repeal Ala. Code 36-9-8: Existing law allows the Governor to make a temporary appointment to a US Senator seat (if less than 4 months but more than 60 days before a general election, seat will be filled then. If longer, the Governor must call a special election). This bill changes that to:
  • If vacancy is within 76 days before the general election for the term of office, election would proceed and if incumbent receives the most votes, there would be a vacancy to be filled by the Governor.
  • At the same time of filling the vacancy, the Governor must file a writ of election.


League Action and Justification: Monitor.

Bill Progress in Legislature:

HB17
01/09/2018 -
Read for the first time and referred to the House Committee on State Government (SG).

SB18
01/09/2018 - Read for the first time and referred to the Senate Committee on Constitution, Ethics & Elections (C&E).

green-right-arrow.jpgSB15 - Constitutional Amendment - Legislature, House or Senate, vacancies, if less than two years left in term, gov. would appt., adding new Sec. 46, const. amend.

Sponsor(s): Senator Glover

Synopsis: Constitutional Amendment—changing the way vacancies in AL House of Reps or Senate are handled.
  • When a vacancy occurs, Governor must issue a writ of election. BUT, if the Secretary of State determines that a legally qualified candidate for the seat is unopposed when the last date for filing certificates of nomination has passed, the election shall not be held.
  • If a vacancy occurs with less than 2 years in the term, the Governor shall appoint but that person cannot run for election for the seat for the next full term.Constitution, Ethics & Election


League Action and Justification: Monitor – This could save money but will increase the political appointment power of the governor and short-circuit the electoral process.

Bill Progress in Legislature:

01/09/2018: Read for the first time and referred to the Senate Committee on Constitution, Ethics & Elections (C&E).



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