Senate Best Bill
SB16 by Christina McLaughlin, Spain Park High School, Hoover, outlaws the practice of judicial override, which allows judges to reject sentencing decisions from capital juries. The bill instead allows jury verdicts on capital sentencing to stand.
House Best Bill
HB35 by Win Woodson, Saint James School, Montgomery, requires citizens 75 or older to retake the driver license test when they reach age 75 and every four years after thereafter in order to ensure they are still safe drivers.
First Year Best Bill
FYB27 by Addison Smith, St. Paul’s Episcopal School, Mobile, requires prisoners in Alabama by Jan. 1, 2018, to grow their own food.
Bills Signed into Law by Gov. Cassie Sadie
- SB16 (See Senate Best Bill)
- SB28 by Lewis Fitzpatrick, Mountain Brook High School, requires Alabama’s governor to present an annual state strategic plan, a four-year strategic plan and audits of resulting projects return on investment.
- HB49 by John Darby, Mountain Brook High School, requires every Alabama driver’s license and every non-driver identification to include the blood type of the person to whom said driver’s license or NDIC is issued.
- HB66 by Jake Hemmings, Trinity Presbyterian School, Montgomery, limits game wardens to arresting people who are in violation of hunting, trapping and fishing laws.
- HB90 by Noah McNelley, Trinity Presbyterian School, Montgomery, nullifies the first ticket for a minor incident or misdemeanor from a driver’s record for insurance purposes, nor against them in the Alabama Driver’s License Point System.
- HB97 by Cassie Carr, Davidson High School, Mobile, decriminalizes the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana, making such possession a civil offense. The bill also overhauls the criminal penalties for amounts exceeding one ounce.
- FYB23 by Will McFadden, St. Paul’s Episcopal School, Mobile, prohibits prisoners from using social media or any other form of communication with those outside prison.