Gov. Ford Cleveland and his Cabinet have chosen the special order bills for the 2017 conference. When brought to their respective chambers, these bills will take precedence over all other bills.
FIRST YEAR BILLS
FY17, The Second Chance Act, by Tate Record, Mountain Brook High School, Birmingham – Prison reform to require rehabilitation to better provide transition of released inmates into society. Social workers or prison workers will help the prisoner in his or her last six months with the aid of partnered charities, churches and nonprofit organizations. Prisoners will be taught basic life, financial and employment skills.
FY32, Proportional Alabama Electoral Delegates, by Joe Higgins, St. James School, Montgomery – Changes the apportionment of electoral college delegates in Alabama from a winner-take-all system to a proportional system.
FY34 by William Robertson and Mac Main, The Montgomery Academy – A bill to establish a state lottery.
HB32, Fortification of the Fourth Amendment, by Julia Holmes, Vestavia Hills High School, Birmingham – Requires all public schools in Alabama to adopt the probable cause search standard.
HB54, Mental Health Crisis Response Team Act, by Camp Spain, The Montgomery Academy – To establish by Jan. 1, 2019, a team of specialists to deal with emergency situations involving the mentally disabled or impaired.
HB103, Supporting Our Students Scholarship for High Achieving Students, by Bailey Hope and James Courtney, Trinity Presbyterian School, Montgomery – Establishes scholarships for private and public school high school students to attend any postsecondary institution, public or private, in the state of Alabama. The SOS scholarships are to be funded through a state lottery.
SB23, Abolition of Death by Electrocution Act of 2017, by Olivia Westfall, Vestavia Hills High School, Birmingham – Bans execution by electrocution in the state of Alabama as an option for the death penalty. Requires the destruction of any remaining electric chairs in Alabama prisons.
SB46 by Claudia Hubbard, St. James School, Montgomery – Establishes levels of expulsion for Alabama college students. The level of expulsion will be listed on the student’s transcript.
SB47 by Kenya Harris, Spain Park High School, Hoover – Prison reform including the repeal of
mandatory minimums for nonviolent crimes, the habitual offender law or “three strikes” law and truth in sentencing laws.
For a full list of bills and other conference documents, go to https://alyig.org/conference/