Committees of independent judges with expertise in bill writing chose these three bills as the best of the 2016 Youth Legislature session:
SENATE BEST BILL: SB47, the Prisoner Protection Act, by Justin Clay, Hoover – Spain Park, increases corrections officer standards, increases corrections officer pay, requires corrections officer rotation and introduces more difficult inspections for officers to pass.
HOUSE BEST BILL: HB34 by Sean Shelley-Tremblay, Mobile – Davidson, requires all designated first responders, within six months of enactment, to carry and administer the opioid antagonist naloxone to combat acute opiate overdoses.
FIRST YEAR BEST BILL, FYB14 by India Richardson, Montgomery – Brew Tech legalizes a state lottery in Alabama.
Best bill photos by Sydney Stone, Montgomery – St. James
BILLS SIGNED INTO LAW
2016 Youth Gov. Noah McNelley signed these bills, which either passed both the Alabama Youth Legislature House and Senate or was approved by the members of the First Year program:
- HB9 by Kathryne Letzer, Birmingham – Mountain Brook, to establish a study for about starting school no earlier than 8:30 a.m. as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- HB83 by Henry Hamlett, Montgomery – Montgomery Academy, to reform teacher tenure in Alabama.
- HB97 by Annabel Roth, Montgomery – Montgomery Academy, requires all state and local law enforcement officers to wear a body camera on his or her chest.
- SB17 by Olivia Westfall, Birmingham – Vestavia Hills, legalizes gambling in Alabama and authorizes a casino in Gulf Shores.
- SB33 by James Sadie and Sam McCracken, Montgomery – Catholic, launches an Executive Budget Office study to determine if the state spending and spending cuts are justified.
- SB37 by Jake Hemmings, Montgomery – Trinity Presbyterian School, amends Alabama’s civil asset forfeiture law to require a preponderance of evidence that a civil asset was used in an illegal crime.
- SB44 by Michael Avery, Hoover – Spain Park, establishes that life begins at the time of conception and recognizes the unborn as a person with the right to life.
- SB48 by Ford Cleveland, Montgomery – Montgomery Academy, gives tax breaks to small businesses that host an annual job fair or employ someone through a job fair.
- SB51 by Gabrielle Pohlman, Montgomery – Montgomery Academy, calls for an end to deactivations of Alabama National Guard armories and creates a state naval militia.
- FYB14 by India Richardson, Montgomery – Brew Tech, legalizes a state lottery in Alabama. First Year Best Bill
- FY38 by Claudia Hubbard, Montgomery – Saint James, enables emergency dispatchers to communicate via text messaging with citizens in distress who are unable to communicate verbally.