SUMMARIES OF
GENERAL LAWS ENACTED AND
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS PROPOSED
BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA
AT THE
2008 FIRST SPECIAL SESSION

Prepared by:
Legislative Reference Service
613 Alabama State House
Montgomery, Alabama 36130


ACTS | HOUSE BILLS | SENATE BILLS | SUMMARIES


INDEX TO SUMMARIES OF GENERAL LAWS ENACTED AND CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS PROPOSED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA AT THE
2008 FIRST SPECIAL SESSION

ACTS
2008 FIRST SPECIAL SESSION

ACT
 BILL
ACT
BILL
Act 2008-506 HB45 Act 2008-550 SB15
Act 2008-507 HB58 Act 2008-551 SB50
Act 2008-508 SB14 Act 2008-552 SB51
Act 2008-543 HB62 Act 2008-553 SB64
Act 2008-544 HB63 Act 2008-554 SB104
Act 2008-545 HB64 Act 2008-555 SB108
Act 2008-546 HB53 Act 2008-556 SB110
Act 2008-547 HB54 Act 2008-557 SB113
Act 2008-548 HB59 Act 2008-558 SB114
Act 2008-549 HB56 Act 2008-559 HB61

HOUSE BILLS
2008 FIRST SPECIAL SESSION

HOUSE BILL
 ACT
HOUSE BILL
ACT
HB45 Act 2008-506 HB59 Act 2008-548
HB53 Act 2008-546 HB61 Act 2008-559
HB54 Act 2008-547 HB62 Act 2008-543
HB56 Act 2008-549 HB63 Act 2008-544
HB58 Act 2008-507 HB64 Act 2008-545

SENATE BILLS
2008 FIRST SPECIAL SESSION

SENATE BILL  ACT SENATE BILL ACT
SB14 Act 2008-508 SB104 Act 2008-554
SB15 Act 2008-550 SB108 Act 2008-555
SB50 Act 2008-551 SB110 Act 2008-556
SB51 Act 2008-552 SB113 Act 2008-557
SB64 Act 2008-553 SB114 Act 2008-558

2008 FIRST SPECIAL SESSION SUMMARIES

Act 2008-506, HB45, proposes an amendment to Amendment 781 to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901 (Section 16, Local Amendments, Baldwin County, Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended), pertaining only to Baldwin County, to further provide for exclusions from the definition of wastewater system for purposes of regulation of wastewater utilities by the county.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Contingent upon ratification.

Act 2008-507, HB58, proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, pertaining only to Baldwin County, to authorize the Legislature to provide by local law for the formation by county and municipal governing bodies of a public corporation to manage storm water and levy a storm water service charge on property containing impervious surface areas, exempting agricultural and forestry property.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Contingent upon ratification.

Act 2008-508, SB14, proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to repeal Amendment 709 (Section 260.01, Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended). The proposed amendment reestablishes the Education Trust Fund Rainy Day Account and establishes the General Fund Rainy Day Account. The proposed amendment also credits to the Education Trust Fund Rainy Day Account and the General Fund Rainy Day Account within the Alabama Trust Fund an amount required to fund withdrawals from the accounts and to provide for the transfer of additional amounts to the County and Municipal Government Capital Improvement Trust Fund.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Contingent upon ratification.

Act 2008-543, HB62, amends Sections 10-13-21, 40-18-1, and 40-18-35, Code of Alabama 1975, to define the term "Captive REIT" and to limit Captive REITs to the preferential dividend treatment afforded ordinary REITs for the purpose of Alabama's corporate income tax, to clarify certain exceptions in the original add-back provisions, and to require the Department of Revenue to waive certain penalties.

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 9, 2009, for all tax years beginning after December 31, 2006.

Act 2008-544, HB63, amends Section 40-1-32.1, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Education Trust Fund Proration Prevention Account, to increase the amount appropriated to the account from ending balances in the Education Trust Fund.

EFFECTIVE DATE: September 1, 2008.

Act 2008-545, HB64, provides for the withdrawal of all remaining funds from the Education Trust Fund Proration Prevention Account and the transfer of the funds to the Education Trust Fund.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2008.

Act 2008-546, HB53, appropriates $53,881,470 from the Children First Trust Fund for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, to the entities and for the purposes designated in Section 41-15B-2.2, Code of Alabama 1975, provides for the deposit of tobacco settlement revenues into the Children First Trust Fund, requires written notification of anticipated agency allocations by the State Director of Finance, requires quarterly allocations conditioned on receipt of tobacco revenues, appropriates $52,493,077 from other tobacco settlement funds for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and makes a conditional appropriation and allocation of additional tobacco revenues upon the recommendation of the Director of Finance, the Chairman of the House Government Appropriations Committee, and the Chairman of the Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee and the approval of the Governor.

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 9, 2008.

Act 2008-547, HB54, makes various supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, from various funds to various departments and agencies.

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 9, 2008.

Act 2008-548, HB59, provides for transfer to the State General Fund during fiscal year 2009 that portion of Children First Trust Fund receipts currently allocated for the State Board of Education.

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 9, 2008.

Act 2008-549, HB56, excludes from Alabama individual income taxation any federal tax credits resulting from the federal Economic Stimulus Act of 2008.

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 9, 2008.

Act 2008-550, SB15, is the Alabama Medical Furlough Act. The act establishes a procedure for the discretionary medical furlough of state inmates convicted on non-capital felony offenses.

EFFECTIVE DATE: September 1, 2008.

Act 2008-551, SB50, establishes the Alabama Veterans Living Legacy Act to remember and honor veterans and provides for administration by the Citizenship Trust at the American Village. The act also creates within the trust a fund for receipt and disbursement of certain public funds assessed, designated, and appropriated to the trust for the benefit of the legacy and creates a Permanent Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Alabama’s Veterans Living Legacy.

EFFECTIVE DATE: September 1, 2008.

Act 2008-552, SB51, is the Education Budget. The act makes appropriations for the support, maintenance, and development of public education for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2008.

Act 2008-553, SB64, appropriates $53,881,470 from the Children First Trust Fund for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, to the entities and for the purposes designated in Section 41-15B-2.2, Code of Alabama 1975, provides for the deposit of tobacco settlement revenues into the Children First Trust Fund, requires written notification of anticipated agency allocations by the State Director of Finance, requires quarterly allocations conditioned on receipt of tobacco revenues, appropriates $52,493,077 from other tobacco settlement funds for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and makes a conditional appropriation and allocation of additional tobacco revenues upon the recommendation of the Director of Finance, the Chairman of the House Government Appropriations Committee, and the Chairman of the Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee and the approval of the Governor.

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 9, 2008.

Act 2008-554, SB104, provides for personalized God Bless America distinctive license plates for an annual additional fee of $50 and provides for the distribution of the fee to the Alabama Veterans Living Legacy.

EFFECTIVE DATE: September 1, 2008.

Act 2008-555, SB108, provides for a funded one-time lump-sum addition to the retirement benefits of certain retirees and beneficiaries of the Employees' Retirement System.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2008.

Act 2008-556, SB110, appropriates $292,760 from the Education Trust Fund to Lyman Ward Military Academy in Camp Hill, Alabama, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2008.

Act 2008-557, SB113, appropriates $985,009 from the Education Trust Fund to Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2008.

Act 2008-558, SB114, appropriates $11,876,531 from the Education Trust Fund to Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2008.

Act 2008-559, HB61, increases the income tax deductions allowed for health insurance premiums paid by qualifying small businesses and their employees.

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 10, 2008.