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  • Legislative Update: Week 1 - General Session

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    The 2022 Regular Session will resume today or Tuesday during which the Legislature will return to its ordinary course of business. One new twist is that a special federal three judge panel ordered the state to redraw the federal congressional districts to better reflect the minority population of the state. The court has given the state two weeks to redraw the districts. The decision has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s unclear at this point how this will impact the Regular Session of the legislature.

     
    HB159 National Guard, Space Force, Space National Guard, bill operative only if federal government creates Space National Guard, Secs. 31-2-1, 31-2-3, 31-2-55, 31-2-57, 31-3-1 am'd.
     
    ESTABLISHING A SPACE NATIONAL GUARD WITHIN THE NATIONAL GUARD: Military leaders this year have continued pushing Congress to create a new National Guard to stand up a Space National Guard and potentially rename the Air National Guard as the “Air and Space National Guard.” Should this happen, Alabama is positioning itself with potential legislation to establish a Space Force within the Air National Guard.
     
    SB80 Military spouses, occupational licensing boards, date revised by which rules must be adopted, timeframe extended for which a temporary permit to practice is effective, Sec. 31-1-6 am'd. 

    HB151 Military spouses, occupational licensing boards, date revised by which rules must be adopted, timeframe extended for which a temporary permit to practice is effective, Sec. 31-1-6 am'd.
     
    ENHANCE MILITARY SPOUSE LICENSURE: Under existing law, occupational licensing boards are required to adopt rules to provide for licensure or certification of spouses of military personnel if the applicant possesses a license or certificate from another state that is substantially equivalent to Alabama's licensure requirements. This legislation would revise the date by which rules must be adopted, would extend the timeframe for which a temporary permit to practice is effective for a military spouse, and would no longer exempt certain health occupational licensing boards from the provisions of this act, substantially increasing the quality of life for a military spouse who would like to begin work right away after transferring to Alabama.

    SB116 Education, public K-12, establishing a program of advance enrollment for children of military families 

    HB146 Education, public K-12, establishing a program of advance enrollment for children of military families 

    ADVANCE SCHOOL ENROLLMENT FOR CHILDREN OF MILITARY FAMILIES:  This legislation would establish a program to allow children of members of the military relocating to Alabama under military orders to enroll provisionally in a local public school in advance of arrival in the state without proof of residency.
     
    SB83 Airports, Alabama Airport Economic and Infrastructure Program, established
     
    ENHANCE ALABAMA AIRPORTS: This legislation will establish the Alabama Airport Economic and Infrastructure Program within the Alabama Department of Transportation, to issue grants for improvements to airports and to fund efforts to grow and expand commercial air service in Alabama. This bill would provide for the proportion of funds that would be awarded to general aviation airports and commercial service airports under the program.
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