Summaries of General Laws Enacted and Constitutional Amendments

Proposed by the Legislature of Alabama at the Regular Session, 2001, February 6 to May 21, 2001, and the First Special Session, 2001, February 22 to March 5, 2001.


INDEX

2001 REGULAR SESSION


Act Bill Act Bill Act Bill
2001-223
2001-229
2001-234

2001-235
2001-239
2001-242
2001-243
2001-244
2001-245
2001-246
2001-247

2001-248
2001-249
2001-250
2001-251
2001-252
2001-253
2001-254
2001-268
2001-269
2001-270
2001-305
2001-306
2001-307
2001-308
2001-309
2001-310
2001-311
2001-312
2001-313
2001-314
2001-344
2001-345
2001-351
2001-352
2001-366
2001-370
2001-371
2001-383
2001-414
2001-415
2001-416
2001-417
2001-418
2001-421
SB363
HB53
HB214
HB215
HB 233
HB216
HB218
HB219
HB221
HB223
HB224
HB225
HB226
HB229
HB230
HB220
HB217
HB231
HB222
HB227
HB232
HB137
SB154
SB119
SB228
HB113
SB133
HB681
SB144
HB514
HB407
SB159
SB224
HB784
SB90
HB110
SB21
SB305
HB583
SB464
SB94
HB736
HB702
HB146
HB184
2001-426
2001-427
2001-428
2001-443
2001-444
2001-445
2001-446
2001-447
2001-448
2001-449
2001-450
2001-451
2001-454
2001-458
2001-459
2001-463
2001-464
2001-465
2001-468
2001-469
2001-470
2001-471
2001-472
2001-473
2001-474
2001-475
2001-476
2001-477
2001-478
2001-479
2001-480
2001-481
2001-484
2001-493
2001-494
2001-495
2001-496
2001-500
2001-501
2001-503
2001-521
2001-523
2001-524
2001-525
2001-526
HB228
SB302
HB200
SB67
SB434
HB164
SB78
HB904
HB896
HB493
HB494
HB705
HB465
HB170
HB589
HB107
HB444
HB585
HB362
HB241
HB430
HB534
HB21
HB347
HB591
HB389
HB16
HB474
HB78
HB154
HB48
SB146
HB468
HB88
SB122
HB485
SB246
SB75
SB525
SB393
HB325
HB300
HB322
HB323
HB326
2001-527
2001-528
2001-529
2001-530
2001-531
2001-532
2001-533
2001-534
2001-535
2001-536
2001-537
2001-538
2001-539
2001-540
2001-544
2001-633
2001-634
2001-635
2001-636
2001-637
2001-639
2001-640
2001-642
2001-658
2001-659
2001-660
2001-661
2001-668
2001-669
2001-670
2001-671
2001-691
2001-692
2001-693
2001-694
2001-695
2001-696
2001-697
2001-698
2001-699
2001-700
2001-701
2001-702
2001-704
2001-706
HB327
HB337
HB339
HB340
HB341
HB342
HB634
HB331
HB336
HB328
HB329
HB330
HB335
HB625
HB619
HB360
HB437
SB5
SB383
SB63
HB307
SB147
SB578
HB745
SB166
HB276
HB457
SB626
HB856
SB51
SB91
HB768
SB38
SB35
SB87
SB296
SB421
SB84
SB530
SB281
SB152
SB153
SB427
SB496
SB93

HOUSE BILLS

2001 REGULAR SESSION


House Bills Act House Bills Act House Bills Act
HB16
HB21
HB48
HB53
HB78
HB88
HB107
HB110
HB113
HB137
HB146
HB154
HB164
HB170
HB184
HB200
HB214
HB215
HB216
HB217
HB218
HB219
HB220
HB221
HB222
HB223
HB224
HB225
HB226
HB227
2001-476
2001-472
2001-480
2001-229
2001-478
2001-493
2001-463
2001-366
2001-309
2001-305
2001-418
2001-479
2001-445
2001-458
2001-421
2001-428
2001-234
2001-235
2001-242
2001-253
2001-243
2001-244
2001-252
2001-245
2001-268
2001-246
2001-247
2001-248
2001-249
2001-269
HB228
HB229
HB230
HB231
HB232
HB233
HB241
HB276
HB300
HB307
HB322
HB323
HB325
HB326
HB327
HB328
HB329
HB330
HB331
HB335
HB336
HB337
HB339
HB340
HB341
HB342
HB347
HB360
HB 362

HB389
2001-426
2001-250
2001-251
2001-254
2001-270
2001-239
2001-469
2001-660
2001-523
2001-639
2001-524
2001-525
2001-521
2001-526
2001-527
2001-536
2001-537
2001-538
2001-534
2001-539
2001-535
2001-528
2001-529
2001-530
2001-531
2001-532
2001-473
2001-633
2001-468
2001-475
HB407
HB430
HB437
HB444
HB457
HB465
HB468
HB474
HB485
HB493
HB494
HB514
HB534
HB583
HB585
HB589
HB591
HB619
HB625
HB634
HB681
HB702
HB705
HB736
HB745
HB768
HB784
HB856
HB896
HB904
2001-314
2001-470
2001-634
2001-464
2001-661
2001-454
2001-484
2001-477
2001-495
2001-449
2001-450
2001-313
2001-471
2001-383
2001-465
2001-459
2001-474
2001-544
2001-540
2001-533
2001-311
2001-417
2001-451
2001-416
2001-658
2001-691
2001-351
2001-669
2001-448
2001-447

 


SENATE BILLS

2001 REGULAR SESSION


Senate Bill Act Senate Bill Act Senate Bill Act
SB5
SB21
SB35
SB38
SB51
SB63
SB67
SB75
SB78
SB84
SB87
SB90
SB91
SB93
SB94
2001-635
2001-370
2001-693
2001-692
2001-670
2001-637
2001-443
2001-500
2001-446
2001-697
2001-694
2001-352
2001-671
2001-706
2001-415
SB119
SB122
SB133
SB144
SB146
SB147
SB152
SB153
SB159
SB166
SB224
SB228
SB246
SB281
SB296
2001-307
2001-494
2001-310
2001-312
2001-481
2001-640
2001-700
2001-701
2001-344
2001-659
2001-345
2001-308
2001-496
2001-699
2001-695
SB302
SB305
SB363
SB383
SB393
SB421
SB427
SB434
SB464
SB496
SB525
SB530
SB578
SB607
SB626
2001-427
2001-371
2001-223
2001-636
2001-503
2001-696
2001-702
2001-444
2001-414
2001-704
2001-501
2001-698
2001-642
2001-643
2001-668

 


INDEX TO

2001 FIRST SPECIAL SESSION


No general bills were enacted and no constitutional amendments were proposed.


2001 REGULAR SESSION SUMMARIES

Act 2001-223, SB363, proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, pertaining only to Mobile County, to be known as the "Education First Amendment," to levy a tax for public school purposes in the county. The amendment provides for referenda to determine which tax or taxes will be levied.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Ratified on May 15, 2001.

Act 2001-229, HB53, authorizes Class 1 municipalities to provide for the abatement and removal of inoperable motor vehicles from private property as public nuisances.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2001.

Act 2001-234, HB214, continues the existence and functioning of the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 17, 2001.

Act 2001-235, HB215, continues the existence and functioning of the Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage and Family Therapy pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 17, 2001.

Act 2001-239, HB 233, continues the existence and functioning of the Board of Nursing pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law. It also amends Section 34-21-81, Code of Alabama 1975, to define the practice of a certified registered nurse anesthetist as the performance or the assistance in any act involving the determination, preparation, administration, or monitoring of any drug used to render an individual insensible to pain for surgical and other therapeutic or diagnostic procedures.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 17, 2001.

Act 2001-242, HB216, continues the existence and functioning of the Alabama Licensure Board for Interpreters and Transliterators pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2002.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 19, 2001.

Act 2001-243, HB218, continues the existence and functioning of the Department of Insurance pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2002.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 19, 2001.

Act 2001-244, HB219, continues the existence and functioning of the Home Builders Licensure Board pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 19, 2001.

Act 2001-245, HB221, continues the existence and functioning of the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 19, 2001.

Act 2001-246, HB223, continues the functioning of the Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law. It also amends Section 34-20-4, Code of Alabama 1975, to allow the appointment of more than one board member from the same Congressional district, to allow the board to submit a substitute list of at-large nominees to the Governor for appointment to the board when necessary to satisfy diversity or other qualification requirements for board membership.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 19, 2001.

Act 2001-247, HB224, continues the existence and functioning of the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law. It also amends Section 34-23-90, Code of Alabama 1975, to correct the names of entities authorized to submit nominations for board membership.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 19, 2001

Act 2001- 248, HB225, continues the existence and functioning of the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law. It also amends Sections 34-28A-24, 34-28A-25, and 34-28A-27, Code of Alabama 1975, to allow the board to waive state licensure examinations for certain American Speech and Hearing Association certified licensees, to revise fees for late renewal, to establish late payment fees, and to increase the license replacement fees.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 19, 2001.

Act 2001-249, HB226, continues the existence and functioning of the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law. It also amends Sections 34-29-63 and 34-29-64, Code of Alabama 1975, to increase the membership of the board to include an additional graduate of an accredited school of veterinary medicine, a licensed veterinary technician member, and a consumer member.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 19, 2001.

Act 2001-250, HB229, continues the existence and functioning of the Board of Hearing Instrument Dealers pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law. It also amends Section 34-14-7, Code of Alabama 1975, to increase the duration of an apprenticeship, to allow a permit to be renewed an additional year, and to increase the permit fees.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 19, 2001.

Act 2001-251, HB230, continues the existence and functioning of the Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Geologists pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law. It also amends Section 34-41-4, Code of Alabama 1975, to require appointments to the board to be made from nominations submitted by the board and to require diversity in the board membership.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 19, 2001.

Act 2001-252, HB220, continues the existence and functioning of the Alabama Board of Cosmetology pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2003.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 19, 2001.

Act 2001-253, HB217, continues the existence and functioning of the State Board of Podiatry pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law. It also amends Section 34-24-253, Code of Alabama 1975, to increase the size of the reserve fund of the board.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 19, 2001.

Act 2001-254, HB231, continues the existence and functioning of the Board of Physical Therapy pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law. It also amends Section 34-24-192, Code of Alabama 1975, to increase the membership of the board to include an additional physical therapist assistant and a consumer, and provide that whenever possible, there may be no more than one member of the board from each congressional district.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 19, 2001.

Act 2001-268, HB222, continues the existence and functioning of the Board of Medical Examiners and the Medical Licensure Commission pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law. It also amends Section 34-24-337, Code of Alabama 1975, to increase the maximum annual registration fee and reinstatement fee the Medical Licensure Commission may charge.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 20, 2001.

Act 2001-269, HB227, continues the existence and functioning of the Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law. It also amends Section 34-9-26, Code of Alabama 1975, to increase the maximum fees the board may charge.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 20, 2001.

Act 2001-270, HB232, continues the existence and functioning of the Alabama Board of Optometry pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law. It also amends Section 34-22-24, Code of Alabama 1975, to increase the size of the reserve fund of the board.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 20, 2001.

Act 2001-305, HB137, proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, pertaining only to Russell County, to amend Amendment No. 507 to extend the authorization of the Russell County Commission to assess an additional fee on civil and criminal cases and for service of process and allow the proceeds to be used for maintaining and operating the county jail.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Contingent upon ratification.

Act 2001- 306, SB154, amends Sections 11-51-210, 41-22-22, and 41-22-23, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to administrative procedure, to delete the requirement that counties and municipalities receive free subscriptions to the Alabama Administrative Monthly, to specify that any member of the Legislative Council temporarily designated to serve in the place of another member is a member of the Joint Committee on Administrative Regulation Review, and to increase the number of copies of proposed rule changes furnished by agencies to the committee. See also Act 2001-309.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2001.

Act 2001-307, SB119, requires all state entities to notify the Attorney General when legal action is initiated against the entity, requires the Attorney General to keep a central registry of such actions, requires entities to notify the Joint Fiscal Committee and the Legislative Fiscal Office when a legal action is initiated against the entity concerning the budget process or a revenue source, and requires entities to notify the Legislative Council and Legislative Reference Service when a legal action is instituted against the entity concerning joint legislative operations.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2001.

Act 2001-308, SB228, authorizes local boards of education to transfer funds between line items of appropriation for fiscal year 2000-2001 and requires that plans for transfer be approved by the State Superintendent of Education.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 24, 2001.

Act 2001-309, HB 113, amends Sections 11-51-210, 41-22-22, and 41-22-23, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to administrative procedure, to delete the requirement that counties and municipalities receive free subscriptions to the Alabama Administrative Monthly, to specify that any member of the Legislative Council temporarily designated to serve in the place of another member is a member of the Joint Committee on Administrative Regulation Review, and to increase the number of copies of proposed rule changes furnished by agencies to the committee. See also Act 2001-306.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2001.

Act 2001-310, SB133, amends Sections 34-27-33, 34-27-35, 34-27-35.1, and 34-27-64, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to fees imposed by the Alabama Real Estate Commission, to increase the fees relating to temporary licenses, original sales licenses, license renewals, and company licenses. It also allows, commencing October 1, 2001, fees for examinations for brokers' and salespersons' licenses to be set by contract with the independent testing agency, and allows reactivation of licenses by certified or registered mail.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 25, 2001.

Act 2001-311, HB681, proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, pertaining only to Marengo County, to prohibit the participation of certain elected or appointed county officials in the supernumerary program and allows those officials to participate in the Employees' Retirement System.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Contingent upon ratification.

Act 2001-312, SB144, is "The Consumer Identity Protection Act." The act creates the crimes of identity theft, trafficking in stolen identities, and obstructing justice using a false identity, provides civil and criminal penalties for violations, and establishes a procedure to clear false information from credit histories.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 26, 2001.

Act 2001-313, HB514, amends Section 32-8-61, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the perfection of security interests in motor vehicles, to extend the date of perfection from 20 days to 30 days.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2001.

Act 2001-314, HB407, allows the city council of Class 6 municipalities to fill a vacancy on the council by appointment or special election.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 26, 2001

Act 2001-344, SB159, adopts and incorporates into the Code of Alabama 1975, the general and permanent laws enacted during the 1999 Regular Session, the 1999 Second Special Session, and the 2000 Regular Session of the Legislature.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 1, 2001.

Act 2001-345, SB224, allows the State Superintendent of Education to award a high school diploma to any honorably discharged veteran who began high school between 1937 and 1946, and was scheduled to graduate between 1941 and 1950, if the veteran was inducted into the United Armed Forces between September 16, 1940, and December 31, 1946.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

Act 2001-351, HB784, proposes an amendment to Amendment No. 291 to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, pertaining to a special ad valorem tax for schools in Calhoun County, to remove the limitation on the duration of the tax and continue any existing tax levied and approved pursuant to Amendment No. 291.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Contingent upon ratification.

Act 2001-352, SB90, allows a state employee in either of the three branches of state government to donate annual leave to another state employee who has qualified for catastrophic sick leave if the employee receiving the donated leave is in a pay range that is equal to or lower than the pay range of the donor employee.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Effective May 1, 2001, retroactive to January 1, 2001.

Act 2001-366, HB110, amends Section 34-24-54, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the per diem of members of the State Board of Medical Examiners and the Medical Licensure Commission, to increase the per diem from $100 to an amount determined by the board, but not to exceed $200, and allow the chair to designate someone to sign checks.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 2, 2001.

Act 2001-370, SB21, amends Sections 37-3-2 and 37-3-11, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Alabama Motor Carrier Act, to add "household goods carrier" to this chapter and require, under certain conditions, the issuance of a certificate of authority to a household goods carrier without the necessity of a hearing.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

Act 2001-371, SB305, adds Section 26-15-3.1 to the Code of Alabama 1975 to create the crime of aggravated child abuse as a Class B felony.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

Act 2001-383, HB583, provides that no provision in Chapter 12 of Title 40 of the Code of Alabama 1975, shall prevent the Legislature from enacting, imposing, and establishing occupational taxes to be paid to a county or otherwise.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 4, 2001.

Act 2001-414, SB464, allows sworn police officers of any Class 4 municipality to receive, after a period of 10 years or more of service, a badge or his or her service pistol, or both, on retirement.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

Act 2001-415, SB94, makes a supplemental appropriation from the Game and Fish Fund, State Water Safety Fund, and Seafoods Fund in the State Treasury to the respective divisions of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 8, 2001.

Act 2001-416, HB736, proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, pertaining only to Tuscaloosa County, requiring polling places in the county to be open from 7:00 A.M. until 7 P.M. on election day for any local, state, or national election.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Contingent upon ratification.

Act 2001-417, HB702, proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, pertaining only to Baldwin County, to prohibit the participation of certain elected or appointed officials in the supernumerary program and authorize the participation of those officials in the Employees' Retirement System.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Contingent upon ratification.

Act 2001-418, HB146, proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, pertaining only to Tuscaloosa County, to create and establish a nine-member Tuscaloosa County Judicial Commission to nominate to the Governor persons for appointment in case of a vacancy in the office of judge of the circuit court or judge of the district court.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Contingent upon ratification.

Act 2001-421, HB184, amends Section 11-44C-31, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the examination of the books and accounts of Class 2 municipalities. The act increases from three years to five years the maximum number of years in succession an audit may be made by the same accountant.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

Act 2001-426, HB228, continues the existence and functioning of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission. The act also amends Sections 24-5-6 and 24-5-10, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to licenses and the fees for licenses for the sale of mobile homes, to allow the commission to establish the fees by rule and delete the requirement that fees received by the commission be deposited in the State Fire Marshal's Fund.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 20, 2001.

Act 2001-427, SB302, amends Sections 16-33C-1 to 16-33C-8, inclusive, Code of Alabama 1975, and adds new Sections 16-33C-2.1 and 16-33C-9 to 16-33C-13, inclusive, of the Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (PACT) Program. In addition to providing further for the board of directors, including duties and powers, and administration of the PACT program, the act creates the Alabama College Savings Investment Plan which consists of the PACT Program and the Alabama College Education Savings (ACES) Program. PACT allows a person to purchase a contract based on anticipated charges for tuition and mandatory fees for the payment of such tuition and fees at the time the beneficiary attends college. ACES allows a contributor to put moneys into a savings account to be withdrawn to cover higher education expenses. The act would also rename Chapter 33C of Title 16, Code of Alabama 1975, the "Wallace-Folsom College Savings Investment Plan Act."

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 9, 2001.

ACT 2001-428, HB200, amends Section 16-1-20.4, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to a period of quiet reflection in the public schools at the opening of school every day, to provide for a brief period of quiet reflection at the opening of school athletic events and graduation ceremonies. The act deletes language of the statute stating that provisions relating to the period of quiet reflection shall not prevent student initiated voluntary school prayer at school or school related events which are nonsectarian and nonproselytizing.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 9, 2001.

ACT 2001-443, SB67, amends Section 12-17-232, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Office of Prosecution Services, to clarify the determination of the salary of the executive director.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-444, SB434, is the "Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act." The act provides Medicaid eligibility for certain women who have been screened for and diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer through the state program operated and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-445, HB164, amends Sections 27-1-17, 27-1-19, 27-21A-23, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Alabama Insurance Code, and Section 10-4-115, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the applicability of insurance laws to certain health care service plans. The act requires health care providers be paid within 30 days for electronic claims and 45 days for written claims, requires that insurers and health plans notify health care providers within a certain time if a claim is pending for additional information, requires that claims not paid within the time frame allowed will be subject to interest, allows the Commissioner of Insurance to assess administrative fines where insurers and health plans have established a pattern of overdue payments, and includes health maintenance organizations within the act.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-446, SB78, proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, pertaining to only Mobile County, prohibiting prostitution and providing a penalty.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Contingent upon ratification.

ACT 2001-447, HB904, proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, pertaining to only Covington County to authorize the Covington County Commission and any municipality in the county with a population of over 1,500 to take certain actions for the promotion of local economic and industrial development in the county.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Contingent upon ratification.

ACT 2001-448, HB896, proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, pertaining only to Lamar County, to assess additional court costs in criminal drug cases with the proceeds to be used for the maintenance and operation of the canine unit in the sheriff's office.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Contingent upon ratification.

ACT 2001-449, HB493, proposes an amendment to Amendment No. 551 to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, pertaining only to Montgomery County, to increase the limit on a special ad valorem tax for fire protection and emergency medical services in the county the county commission may levy from two and one half mills to five mills.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Contingent upon ratification. The election is to be held on the date of the first primary election in June 2002.

ACT 2001-450, HB494, proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, pertaining only to Montgomery County, to allow the governing bodies of the incorporated municipalities in the county, except the City of Montgomery, to levy a special ad valorem tax of five mills with the proceeds to be used to finance fire protection and emergency medical services. The constitutional amendment will also allow the Legislature to provide for the administration, collection, and allocation of revenues from the special tax.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Contingent upon ratification. The election is to be held on the date of the first primary election in June 2002.

ACT 2001-451, HB705, proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, pertaining only to Shelby County, to grant the Shelby County Commission certain home rule powers but not the power to tax or raise revenue.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Contingent upon ratification.

ACT 2001-454, HB465, amends Section 40-12-80, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the licensing of collection agencies by municipalities, to exempt any person from those municipal licensing requirements if that person is excluded from the definition of the term "debt collector" under federal law.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 15, 2001.

ACT 2001-458, HB170, adds a new Chapter 1A to Title 8 of the Code of Alabama 1975, to adopt the "Uniform Electronic Transactions Act." The act provides for the use and legal recognition of electronic records, electronic signatures, and electronic contracts.

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2002.

ACT 2001-459, HB589, amends Section 7-4-111, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to time deposits, to establish the time when a cause of action accrues under nonnegotiable time deposits, whether or not represented by a certificate.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 15, 2001.

ACT 2001-463, HB107, requires every municipality to hold a pre-disciplinary hearing prior to the suspension or termination of one of its law enforcement officers. It also requires each municipality to establish written due process procedures for its pre-disciplinary hearings.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 14, 2001.

ACT 2001-464, HB444, amends Section 32-5A-176.1, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to speed limits in construction zones, to provide for doubled fines for persons speeding within a construction zone when construction personnel are present.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-465, HB585, provides for a state income tax check-off for contribution to breast and cervical cancer research on returns for the 2001 tax year and each year thereafter.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-468, HB362, amends Section 40-15-13, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the state's tax lien on a decedent's property, to allow the personal representative of an estate to establish by affidavit that the estate is not taxable or, alternatively, that the estate is taxable and a copy of the federal estate tax return has or will be filed with the Revenue Department.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 15, 2001.

ACT 2001-469, HB241, amends Sections 13A-7-29 and 32-5-76, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to criminal littering and depositing litter on public roads, to exempt the unintentional depositing of agricultural products in their natural state from the criminal littering statutes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 15, 2001.

ACT 2001-470, HB430, relates to sport shooting ranges. The act grants certain operators or users of sport shooting ranges immunity from civil liability or criminal prosecution in any matter relating to noise or noise pollution or lead or lead pollution resulting from operation or use of the range. The act also exempts certain sport shooting ranges from ordinances and regulations relating to noise and lead pollution and provides conditions for the opening of public streets on sport shooting ranges.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-471, HB534, amends Sections 32-2-8 and 32-6-17, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to fees collected by the Department of Public Safety, to increase the amount of fees for copies of reports and the reinstatement of drivers' licenses and provides for the distribution of the fees to the State General Fund and the Department of Public Safety Highway Traffic Safety Fund.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001

ACT 2001-472, HB21, amends Sections 16-43-1 and 16-43-4, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the display of the Alabama State Flag. The act is the "Alabama State Flag Act" and requires the prominent public display of the state flag at all buildings in the state supported by public funds. The act also repeals Sections 16-43-2 and 16-43-3, Code of Alabama 1975.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-473, HB347, amends Section 23-1-5, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the reimbursement to utilities for costs of relocating utility facilities that have to be relocated because of highway construction. The act increases, from $75,000,000 to $100,000,000, the maximum gross income of a utility which the state will reimburse for the costs of relocating when the relocation is necessitated by the construction of any highway, road, or street, other than highways that are a part of the national system of interstate and defense highways.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-474, HB591, amends Section 36-25-12, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Code of Ethics, to specifically prohibit the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Industries, or a candidate for the office of commissioner, from accepting campaign contributions from persons associated with businesses regulated by the department.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-475, HB 389, amends Section 16-6B-11, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the education paperwork reduction plan. The act creates and provides for the appointment of a twenty-member Paperwork Reduction Committee to study the paperwork required of public school employees and prepare a report on how to reduce and automate that paperwork. The act requires that the report of the committee be submitted to the State Superintendent of Education and the Legislative Council by the first day of the applicable session of the Legislature. It provides that upon the recommendation of the committee, the Legislative Council may require that the State Superintendent of Education implement the recommendations.

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-476, HB16, amends Section 36-21-2, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to subsistence allowances for certain law enforcement officers. The act allows additional law enforcement officers to receive a subsistence allowance, specifically law enforcement officers who are employed by the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center, to be paid from its Special Revenue Fund; the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission, to be paid from the Peace Officers' Standards and Training Fund; the Alabama Securities Commission, to be paid from the Security Commission Fund; and investigators employed by the Alabama Ethics Commission.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 15, 2001.

ACT 2001-477, HB474, is the "Access to Eye Care Act." The act amends Sections 10-4-115 and 27-21A-23, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the applicability of insurance laws to certain health care service plans and health maintenance organizations. It requires health or medical insurance policies, plans, or contracts to include a provision for payment to licensed optometrists for all services that fall within the scope of the optometrists' license, if the plan provides payment for those services by someone other than an optometrist.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 15, 2001.

ACT 2001-478, HB78, allows bereavement leave for up to three days for permanent state employees for the death of a person related by blood, adoption, or marriage, or as otherwise provided for by the State Personnel Board, if the state employee does not have accrued sick leave available. The act requires that any bereavement leave granted pursuant to this act shall be reimbursed to the state in the form of leave days within one calendar year of the use of the bereavement leave.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-479, HB154, amends Section 36-1-6, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to motor vehicle insurance for state employees, to require reimbursement to a state employee for deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses incurred when a personal vehicle being used for official state business is involved in an accident.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-480, HB48, allows state agencies and departments that are required to supply members of the Legislature with annual reports and documents to develop and implement an alternative method of distribution and publication by means of the Internet.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-481, SB146, repeals Article 9 of Title 7, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Uniform Commercial Code - Secured Transactions, and provides for a revised Article 9A of Title 7, relating to secured transactions proposed by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. The act defines terms and provides general concepts of Article 9A. It provides for applicability of the article, effectiveness of security agreements, the attachment of security interests, rights and duties of parties, law governing perfection and priority, perfection priority, rights of third parties, filing office, contents and effectiveness of financing statement, duties and operation of the filing office, default and enforcement of security interest, and noncompliance with the article. The act amends Sections 6-8-61, 7-1-105, 7-1-201, 7-1-206, 7-2-103, 7-2-210, 7-2-326, 7-2-502, 7-2-716, 7-2A-103, 7-2A-303, 7-2A-307, 7-2A-309, 7-4-210, 7-7-503, 7-8-103, 7-8-106, 7-8-110, 7-8-301, 7-8-302, 7-8-510, 7-11-105, 7-11-106, 13A-8-1, 24-1A-11, 35-9-60, 35-11-46, 35-11-47, 40-29-22, and 41-10-44.6, Code of Alabama 1975, and adds Section 7-5-118 to the Code to conform certain references and provisions of these sections with Article 9A.

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2002, except Section 7-9A-525, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to fees for filing an initial financing statement, becomes effective July 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-484, HB468, amends Section 40-6-3, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the removal of a monetary limitation on compensation a county commission may pay supernumerary officials, to authorize the removal of the limitation retroactive to September 30, 1993.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 16, 2001, retroactive to September 30, 1993.

ACT 2001-493, HB88, amends Section 41-9-335, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Board of Trustees of St. Stephens Historical Commission. The act provides for the payment of per diem allowance and travel expenses payable out of appropriations, donations, or grants, by check upon a bank account of the commission. The act allows the board to purchase historic property to be paid out of appropriations on a check on the bank account of the commission.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 16, 2001.

ACT 2001-494, SB122, allows a person licensed to carry a handgun in any state whose laws recognize and give effect in that state to a license issued in Alabama to carry a handgun in Alabama. The act applies to a license holder from another state only while he or she is not a resident of Alabama and requires that the nonresident license holder comply with the laws of this state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-495, HB485, amends Section 22-21-265, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to certificates of need, to extend the authority of a home health provider holding a certificate of need to provide home health services issued for a contiguous county prior to April 16, 1998, to provide services in a county contiguous to the county for which the certificate of need was issued, to home health providers issued a certificate of need after April 16, 1998.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 16, 2001.

ACT 2001-496, SB246, is the "Alabama Title Insurance Act." The act provides for the regulation and supervision of the business of title insurance transacted in the state. It appropriates $50,000 from the Insurance Department Fund to the Department of Insurance for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002, to be used to implement the act as directed by the Commissioner of Insurance. The act specifically repeals Section 27-25-1, Code of Alabama 1975.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-500, SB75, amends Sections 32-6-4 and 32-6-49.9, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the issuance of drivers' licenses and nondriver identification cards, to provide for the automatic registration of males from ages 18 to 25, inclusive, in compliance with the Military Selective Service Act when the male applicant applies for a driver's license, learner's license, or renewal of licenses. The act requires the Department of Public Safety to forward in an electronic format the necessary personal information to the Selective Service System.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-501, SB525, provides for the incorporation and establishment of the Community Outreach Partnership Center at Jefferson State Community College. It authorizes the incorporation of the center, provides for the purposes, powers, and responsibilities of the center, and for the appointment, terms, service, responsibilities, and removal of members of the board of directors of the center. EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-503, SB393, provides for a credit against Alabama income tax liability with respect to income generated by or arising out of a project undertaken by certain new businesses and certain existing business that invest in the Alabama State Port Authority. The credit is five percent of capital costs annually for 20 years. The act provides that the capital credit authorized is not available for new projects after December 31, 2005, unless the Legislature passes a joint resolution to continue or reinstate the capital credit. The act amends Sections 40-9B-3 and 40-9B-6, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to tax incentives for certain industrial development and adds Section 40-9B-9 to the Code of Alabama 1975, to provide the procedure for obtaining the incentives.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-521, HB325, is the General Fund Budget. It makes appropriations for the ordinary expenses of the executive, legislative, and judicial agencies of the state for capital outlay for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-523, HB300, appropriates $267,330 from the Education Trust Fund and $50,662 from the State General Fund to AIDS Alabama in Birmingham for the support and maintenance of educational programs and services to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, and to provide services to individuals living with AIDS for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-524, HB322, appropriates $67,485 from the State General Fund to the Warrior-Tombigbee Development Association for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-525, HB323, appropriates $60,564 from the State General Fund to the Tri-Rivers Waterway Development Authority for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-526, HB326, appropriates $814,332 from the State General Fund to the Coalition Against Domestic Violence for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-527, HB327, appropriates $28,950 from the State General Fund to the Lighthouse Counseling Center for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-528, HB337, appropriates $12,585 from the State General Fund to the Alabama Junior Miss Pageant for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-529, HB339, appropriates $59,688 from the State General Fund to the Elyton Recovery Center for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-530, HB340, appropriates $90,172 from the State General Fund to the Coosa-Alabama River Improvement Association for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-531, HB341, appropriates $33,823 from the State General Fund to the Beacon House - Jasper for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-532, HB342, appropriates $82,218 from the State General Fund to the Parkinson Association of Alabama for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-533, HB634, appropriates $50,409 from the State General Fund to the Department of Senior Services for the Care Assurance System for the Aging and Honeybunch Program to provide services for aging and homebound persons in DeKalb, Jackson, Madison, Marshall, and Limestone counties for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-534, HB331, appropriates $96,500 from the State General Fund to the Alabama Travel Council in Montgomery, Alabama, for a program to develop and promote the tourist and travel industry in Alabama for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-535, HB336, appropriates $54,375 from the State General Fund to the America's Junior Miss Pageant for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-536, HB328, appropriates $361,875 from the State General Fund to the Alabama Kidney Foundation Inc. for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-537, HB329, appropriates $96,500 from the State General Fund to the Shoals Entrepreneurial Center, Inc. in Florence, Alabama, for a program to assist new, small businesses become self-sustaining and to provide for the operation and maintenance of a small business incubator facility for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-538, HB330, appropriates $281,387 from the State General Fund to the Retired Senior Volunteer Program for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-539, HB335, appropriates $48,250 from the State General Fund to the Autism Society of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama, for a program to promote acceptance, independence, productivity, and opportunity for inclusion for persons with autism and autism spectrum disorders and their families and to foster development of individualized, lifelong community-based support and services throughout Alabama, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-540, HB625, appropriates $96,500 from the State General Fund to the Montgomery Minority Business Development Center located at Trenholm State Technical College in Montgomery, Alabama, for a program to provide entrepreneurial information, training, technical assistance, and support to new and expanding minority businesses in Montgomery and surrounding areas for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-544, HB619, relates to Class 1 municipalities and establishes a Retroactive Deferred Retirement Option ("Back Drop") plan for any retirement and relief system established pursuant to Act No. 1272 of the 1973 Regular Session of the Legislature. An employee who retires at least 90 days after the effective date of the act, who has completed at least 23 years of credited service and who is otherwise qualified to retire may elect to participate in the "Back Drop" plan.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2002.

ACT 2001-633, HB360, amends Sections 32-6-360 and 32-6-361, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the purchase of distinctive license plates by active members of the Fraternal Order of Police, to increase the fee for the purchase of a "Fraternal Order of Police" license plate from $10 to $20 and for the distribution of the additional revenue to the Alabama State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police, Inc.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-634, HB437, provides protection for the black bear. The act prescribes unlawful activities in connection with the black bear and establishes penalties for violations.

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 19, 2001.

ACT 2001-635, SB5, is the "Alabama Land Recycling and Economic Redevelopment Act." It adds a new Chapter 30E to Title 22, Code of Alabama 1975, that provides for the creation and operation of a program of voluntary assessment and cleanup of potentially contaminated property in rural and urban areas of the state, to be administered by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 21, 2001.

ACT 2001-636, SB383, amends Sections 40-12-220 and 40-12-222, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to a privilege or license tax on each person leasing or renting personal property. The act clarifies that the privilege or license taxes may be passed on to the lessee and added to the leasing price.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 21, 2001, retroactive to January 1, 1988.

ACT 2001-637, SB63, amends Section 39-3-5, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to competitive bids in public contracts. The act deletes a requirement a nonresident bidder must furnish an opinion of counsel as to laws of the nonresident builder's state granting preference to local contractors.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 21, 2001.

ACT 2001-639, HB307, is the Education Trust Fund Budget. It makes appropriations for the support, maintenance, and development of public education for debt service, and for capital outlay for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-640, SB147, amends Section 31-4-1, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Armory Commission of Alabama to alter the membership of the commission by replacing the three highest ranking line officers on the active lists of the Alabama National Guard with the two highest ranking Army National Guard officers and the highest ranking Air National Guard officer.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-642, SB578, adds a new Chapter 101A to Title 11 of the Code of Alabama of 1975, to authorize counties and municipalities to form public corporations to provide buildings, facilities, and other property for lease to and use by the departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States. It allows counties and municipalities to lend, donate, or contribute money and services to the public corporations and allows them to borrow money to make loans, donations, or contributions to the public corporations. The act repeals Sections 11-101-1 to 11-101-27, inclusive, Code of Alabama 1975.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 20, 2001.

ACT 2001-658, HB745, amends Sections 22-8A-4 and 22-8A-13, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to living will statutes, to change the Advance Directive for Health Care form.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-659, SB166, creates the Committee on Compensation for Wrongful Incarceration to provide for compensation from the state for wrongful incarceration in certain instances. The act authorizes the committee to certify applicants who meet the eligibility criteria for payment and provides for purposes of determination of eligibility for compensation for wrongful incarceration, and that innocence be evidenced by the conviction being vacated or reversed and the accusatory instrument dismissed on grounds of innocence or the accusatory instrument being dismissed on a ground consistent with innocence.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 21, 2001.

ACT 2001-660, HB276, is the "Alabama Interior Design Consumer Protection Act." The act creates the Alabama State Board of Registration for Interior Design to regulate and license the practice of interior design. It prescribes the powers and duties of the board and the requirements and procedures for registration and licensure. The act also repeals Sections 34-15A-1 to 34-15A-7, inclusive, Code of Alabama 1975.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-661, HB457, requires all commercial establishments that produce waste cooking grease or any inedible animal by-product in the course of doing business to dispose of the grease or by-product only in a manner approved by the agency granting the license or permit to operate the establishment, or in a manner approved by the Department of Agriculture and Industries, Department of Environmental Management, Department of Public Health, or local water and wastewater utilities, as may be appropriate.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 21, 2001.

ACT 2001-668, SB626, authorizes the Alabama Public School and College Authority to sell and issue bonds in the amount of $110 million to provide funds to K-12 and/or colleges and universities for the purchase and repair of equipment and building and other capital outlay projects and to retire indebtedness incurred by the colleges and universities. The act provides for issuance of the bonds and the allocation of the proceeds of the bonds to be allocated to the local boards of education or the institutions of higher education pending the final disposition of the education proration case pending appeal to the Supreme Court of Alabama from the Montgomery County Circuit Court.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 25, 2001.

ACT 2001-669, HB856, amends Section 40-23-77, Code of Alabama 1975, which allows a discount of three percent on use taxes to the seller or vendor. The act allows the Governor to authorize the Department of Revenue to reduce the maximum discount rate, impose a maximum discount amount for each seller or vendor regardless of the number of locations, and provides for the increase in revenue from a maximum discount amount established to be credited to the Department of Human Resources to be expended for the foster children program and to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 25, 2001.

ACT 2001-670, SB51, amends Section 36-26-28, Code of Alabama 1975, which relates to the suspension of classified employees in state government. The act provides for the appeal of a suspended classified employee and specifies the procedure for appeal. It provides for the appointment of a panel to review a suspension and make recommendation that the suspension be revoked or upheld.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-671, SB91, amends Section 16-1-18.1, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the accumulation of sick leave by employees of city and county boards of education and employees of certain other state agencies and departments. The act allows the employees to accumulate an unlimited number of sick leave days.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-691, HB768, is the "Job Development Act of 2001." It authorizes the Alabama 21st Century Authority to sell and issue its bonds in an amount not exceeding $103,760,000 to provide funds for the state to honor commitments made to induce certain companies to locate state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Alabama and to provide training for employees of the companies. The act provides for a portion of the proceeds from the bonds to be spent on reconstructing and improving levees located in Elba and Geneva and provides that the bonds will be payable out of and secured by a pledge and assignment of tobacco revenues held in the Alabama 21st Century Fund.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 29, 2001.

ACT 2001-692, SB38, is the "Mortgage Brokers Licensing Act." It requires that on and after January 1, 2002, mortgage brokers be licensed by the State Banking Department. The act establishes the licensing criteria and procedures, and it makes an appropriation of $60,000 to the State Banking Department from the Banking Assessments Fees Fund for the fiscal year ending September 20, 2001, to be utilized for the implementation and administration of the act.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 30, 2001.

ACT 2001-693, SB35, allows the governing body of any Class 6 municipality to enter into contracts to provide law enforcement services beyond the corporate limits of the municipality but within the police jurisdiction.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-694, SB87, amends Sections 25-4-16, 25-4-54, and 25-4-78, Code of Alabama 1975, which relate to unemployment compensation, to exclude from wages the income received from National Guard and United States Armed Forces reservists drill duty and to keep such income from being deducted from weekly unemployment compensation benefits. The act repeals the penalty tax rate and eliminates the deduction of dismissal or severance pay from unemployment compensation benefits.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 30, 2001.

ACT 2001-695, SB296, is "The Alabama Boating Safety Enhancement Act of 2001." It amends Sections 32-5A-191.3, 33-5-51, 33-5-52, 33-5-54, 33-5-57, and 33-5-66, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to boats and boating. Among other things, the act imposes the same terms and conditions for the offense of operation of a vessel or marine transportation device under the influence of alcohol or drugs as for the operation of a motor vehicle. The act prohibits a person at least 12 years of age, but less than 14 years of age, who has not obtained boater certification prior to the effective date of the act, from operating a boat or personal watercraft unless under the direct supervision of a person who is at least 21 years of age and has a valid boater safety certification.

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2002.

ACT 2001-696, SB421, amends Section 16-33-4, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Alabama Educational Benefits for Dependents of Blind Parents Act, which provides higher education benefits to children of families in which the head of the household is blind and the family income is not sufficient to pay tuition and expenses of attending an institution of higher learning. The act conforms the state income parameters to the federal poverty guidelines, and directs that the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services receive the textbook cost appropriation in lieu of the State Department of Education.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-697, SB84, amends Sections 11-2A-2 and 11-2A-7, Code of Alabama 1975, which relate to the annual compensation of certain local officials in categories of the counties based on population, to delete the exemption of counties in Category 3 from the compensation provisions of the statute, to provide for coverage of certain county officers in Category 3, to mandate certain expense allowances in Category 3, and to make technical changes for clarification.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-698, SB530, amends Section 36-29-14, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the state employees' health insurance plan, to include the officers, employees, and retirees of Easter Seals Alabama in the plan.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 30, 2001.

ACT 2001-699, SB281, appropriates $325,190 from the Education Trust Fund to the Department of Archives and History for the support and maintenance of a program promoting better understanding of the state's history for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002. The appropriation is to be distributed to the following historical programs in the following amounts: Birmingham Civil Rights Museum, $125,073; Constitution Village, Madison County, $125,073; and National Voting Rights Museum and Institution, Dallas County, $75,044.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-700, SB152, establishes the crime of prostitution and makes the crime a Class A misdemeanor.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-701, SB153, is the "Alabama Uniform Athlete Agents Act." It adds Chapter 26A to Title 8 of the Code of Alabama 1975, and provides for the administration of the chapter by the Secretary of State. The act provides for the registration as an athlete agent and the fees for registration. It also prescribes certain requirements for an agency contract and for penalties for violations of the act. The Alabama Athlete Agents Regulatory Commission is continued in existence as the Alabama Athlete Agents Commission by the act. The act repeals Chapter 26, (commencing with Section 8-26-1 and ending with Section 8-26-41, inclusive,) of the Code of Alabama 1975.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2001.

ACT 2001-702, SB427, amends Sections 27-7-1, 27-7-2, 27-7-4, 27-7-5, 27-7-5.1, 27-7-14, 27-7-17, 27-7-19, 27-7-23, 27-7-24, 27-7-28, 27-7-29, 27-7-30, 27-7-33, 27-7-34, 27-7-35, 27-7-36, 27-5A-2, 27-6A-2, 27-6A-3, 27-6A-4, 27-6A-5, 27-8A-1, 27-8A-2, 27-8A-3, 27-8A-4, 27-8A-6, 27-8A-9, 27-8A-13, 10-4-111, 22-21-376, 27-2-16, 27-3-27, 27-4-2, 27-10-24, 27-10-25, 27-10-32, 27-12-17, 27-21A-14, 27-30-32, 27-31A-12, 27-34-43, 27-39-7, 27-43-14, and 10-4-115 Code of Alabama 1975. The act adds Sections 27-7-4.1, 27-7-4.2, 27-7-4.3, 27-7-14.1, 27-7-29.1, 27-7-29.2, 27-7-30.1, 27-7-30.2, 27-7-30.3, 27-7-30.4, 27-7-35.1, 27-7-39 and 27-7-40 to the Code of Alabama 1975. The act also repeals Sections 22-21-377, 22-21-378, 22-21-379, 22-21-380, 22-21-381, 27-3-28, 27-7-3, 27-7-6, 27-7-7, 27-7-8, 27-7-9, 27-7-10, 27-7-10.1, 27-7-11, 27-7-12, 27-7-13, 27-7-15, 27-7-18, 27-7-25, 27-7-27, 27-7-31, 27-7-32, Sections 27-8-1 to 27-8-28, inclusive, Sections 27-8A-10, 27-8A-12, 27-34-44, 27-43-15, 27-43-16, 27-43-17, 27-43-18, 27-43-19, and 27-43-20, Code of Alabama 1975. The act combines the licensure and regulation of property and casualty insurance agents and life and disability insurance agents and license to regulate them as insurance producers.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Sections 1-19 of the act become effective January 1, 2002. Sections 20-23 became effective May 30, 2001.

ACT 2001-704, SB496, adds Chapter 27C to Title 36 and Chapter 25C to Title 16 of the Code of Alabama 1975, to provide for the Alabama Public Employees Savings Plans. The act creates the Public Employees' Defined Contribution Savings Fund to be administered by a board of control of seven members appointed by the Alabama State Employees' Association and the Public Education Employees' Defined Contribution Savings Fund to be administered by a board of control of seven members appointed by the Alabama Education Association. The act provides for employee savings plans for state and local officers and employees, including public school employees. The plans do not apply to a person holding an elected state or local office.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 30, 2001.

ACT 2001-706, SB93, requires newly elected or appointed city and county superintendents of education to attend and satisfactorily complete a training program on school finances and education law prior to assuming office. The act requires the Department of Education to provide the training program at no cost. The act directs that a training program be formulated by a committee comprised of the State Superintendent of Education and other members appointed by designated education groups.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 31, 2001.


Summaries of General Laws Enacted and Constitutional Amendments

Proposed by the Legislature of Alabama at the Second Special Session, 2001, June 25 to July 2, 2001.


INDEX

2001 SECOND SPECIAL SESSION


Act Bill
2001-727
2001-728
2001-729
SB2
HB2
HB1

HOUSE BILLS

House Bills Act
HB1
HB2
2001-729
2001-728

SENATE BILLS

Senate Bill Act
SB2 2001-727


2001 SECOND SPECIAL SESSION SUMMARIES

Act 2001-727, SB2, provides for the reapportionment and redistricting of the state into 35 districts to provide for the election of the members of the Alabama Senate at the general election in 2002, 2006, and 2010, until the release of the next federal census. The act also designates the Circuit Court for Montgomery County as the proper venue for challenging the validity of the Senate reapportionment or redistricting plan. The act repeals Sections 29-1-2.3 and 29-1-2.4 of the Code of Alabama 1975, and adds Section 29-1-2.3 to the Code of Alabama 1975.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 3, 2001.

Act 2001-728, HB2, designates the Circuit Court for Montgomery County as the proper venue for any legal action challenging the validity of any redistricting or reapportionment of state election districts for state Senate, state House of Representatives, United States Congress, and State Board of Education or any other statewide plan for redistricting or reapportionment. The act also provides that any legal action challenging the validity of any county commission redistricting or reapportionment action by a county commission shall be commenced in the circuit court of the county for which the county commission redistricting or reapportionment plan was adopted.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 3, 2001.

Act 2001-729, HB1, provides for the reapportionment and redistricting of the state into 105 districts to provide for the election of the members of the Alabama House of Representatives at the general election in 2002, 2006, and 2010, until the release of the next federal census. The act also designates the Circuit Court for Montgomery County as the proper venue for challenging the validity of the House of Representatives reapportionment or redistricting plan. The act repeals Sections 29-1-1.2 and 29-1-2.4 of the Code of Alabama 1975, and adds Section 29-1-1.2 to the Code of Alabama 1975.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 3, 2001.