SUMMARIES OF GENERAL LAWS ENACTED AND
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS PROPOSED
BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA
AT THE 2013 REGULAR SESSION

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Legislative Reference Service 
613 Alabama State House 
Montgomery, Alabama 36130 


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INDEX TO SUMMARIES OF GENERAL LAWS ENACTED
AND CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS PROPOSED
BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA AT THE 2013 REGULAR SESSION

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ACTS
2013 REGULAR SESSION

ACT
BILL
ACT
BILL
ACT
BILL



2013-6 HB94 2013-194 HB113 2013-306 SB172
2013-34 SB49 2013-195 HB192 2013-307 SB29
2013-51 SB96 2013-196 HB216 2013-308 SB214
2013-64 HB84 2013-197 HB225 2013-309 SB215
2013-66 SB204 2013-198 HB237 2013-310 SB60
2013-67 SB108 2013-200 HB279 2013-311 SB445
2013-68 SB117 2013-201 HB301 2013-312 SB201
2013-69 SB138 2013-202 HB373 2013-329 HB91
2013-71 HB58 2013-203 HB503 2013-330 HB92
2013-72 HB59 2013-204 HB9 2013-331 HB123
2013-73 SB238 2013-205 HB419 2013-332 HB144
2013-74 SB66 2013-207 HB86 2013-333 HB175
2013-75 HB61 2013-208 HB90 2013-334 HB251
2013-76 HB62 2013-209 HB199 2013-335 HB267
2013-78 SB142 2013-210 HB234 2013-336 HB394
2013-79 HB57 2013-211 HB247 2013-337 HB399
2013-80 SB192 2013-212 HB357 2013-338 HB403
2013-81 SB97 2013-213 HB489 2013-345 HB517
2013-82 HB63 2013-214 HB505 2013-347 HB105
2013-83 HB64 2013-215 HB506 2013-348 HB204
2013-84 HB65 2013-221 SB52 2013-349 HB232
2013-85 HB66 2013-222 SB231 2013-350 HB338
2013-86 HB67 2013-223 SB229 2013-351 HB361
2013-87 HB68 2013-224 SB144 2013-352 HB529
2013-88 HB101 2013-239 SB303 2013-353 HB648
2013-89 HB69 2013-240 HB562 2013-354 HB262
2013-90 HB70 2013-241 HB140 2013-355 HB396
2013-91 HB112 2013-242 SB146 2013-357 HB459
2013-92 HB104 2013-245 HB89 2013-361 HB494
2013-93 SB94 2013-246 HB605 2013-366 HB546
2013-106 HB36 2013-247 SB35 2013-367 HB1
2013-107 HB71 2013-248 SB162 2013-368 HB7
2013-108 HB72 2013-249 SB38 2013-369 HB27
2013-109 HB88 2013-250 SB199 2013-370 HB47
2013-112 HB155 2013-251 SB200 2013-371 HB184
2013-113 HB73 2013-252 SB203 2013-372 HB261
2013-114 HB74 2013-253 SB475 2013-373 HB323
2013-115 SB106 2013-255 SB288 2013-374 HB407
2013-116 SB152 2013-256 HB150 2013-375 HB507
2013-117 SB153 2013-257 HB151 2013-376 HB523
2013-118 SB222 2013-258 HB152 2013-381 HB102
2013-149 HB75 2013-259 HB163 2013-382 HB269
2013-150 HB76 2013-260 HB205 2013-383 HB286
2013-157 SB307 2013-261 SB340 2013-384 HB339
2013-159 HB77 2013-263 SB143 2013-386 HB544
2013-160 HB78 2013-264 HB166 2013-396 HB54
2013-161 HB60 2013-265 HB658 2013-397 HB142
2013-162 HB79 2013-266 SB260 2013-398 HB215
2013-163 HB80 2013-267 HB8 2013-399 HB227
2013-164 HB81 2013-269 SB4 2013-400 HB249
2013-167 HB167 2013-282 SB57 2013-401 HB335
2013-168 HB168 2013-283 SB286 2013-402 HB514
2013-169 HB169 2013-284 SB22 2013-413 HB97
2013-170 HB4 2013-285 SB174 2013-414 HB337
2013-172 SB268 2013-286 SB247 2013-420 HB109
2013-173 SB100 2013-287 SB258 2013-421 HB259
2013-174 HB181 2013-288 SB383 2013-422 HB292
2013-190 SB18 2013-289 SB287 2013-423 HB424
2013-191 SB95 2013-290 SB133 2013-424 HB455
2013-192 SB151 2013-295 HB19 2013-442 HB37
2013-193 SB361 2013-305 HB14 2013-443 SB240

HOUSE BILLS
2013 REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL
ACT
HOUSE BILL
ACT
HOUSE BILL
ACT



HB1 2013-367 HB91 2013-329 HB261 2013-372
HB4 2013-170 HB92 2013-330 HB262 2013-354
HB7 2013-368 HB94 2013-6 HB267 2013-335
HB8 2013-267 HB97 2013-413 HB269 2013-382
HB9 2013-204 HB101 2013-88 HB279 2013-200
HB14 2013-305 HB102 2013-381 HB286 2013-383
HB19 2013-295 HB104 2013-92 HB292 2013-422
HB27 2013-369 HB105 2013-347 HB301 2013-201
HB36 2013-106 HB109 2013-420 HB323 2013-373
HB37 2013-442 HB112 2013-91 HB335 2013-401
HB47 2013-370 HB113 2013-194 HB337 2013-414
HB54 2013-396 HB123 2013-331 HB338 2013-350
HB57 2013-79 HB140 2013-241 HB339 2013-384
HB58 2013-71 HB142 2013-397 HB357 2013-212
HB59 2013-72 HB144 2013-332 HB361 2013-351
HB60 2013-161 HB150 2013-256 HB373 2013-202
HB61 2013-75 HB151 2013-257 HB394 2013-336
HB62 2013-76 HB152 2013-258 HB396 2013-355
HB63 2013-82 HB155 2013-112 HB399 2013-337
HB64 2013-83 HB163 2013-259 HB403 2013-338
HB65 2013-84 HB166 2013-264 HB407 2013-374
HB66 2013-85 HB167 2013-167 HB419 2013-205
HB67 2013-86 HB168 2013-168 HB424 2013-423
HB68 2013-87 HB169 2013-169 HB455 2013-424
HB69 2013-89 HB175 2013-333 HB459 2013-357
HB70 2013-90 HB181 2013-174 HB489 2013-213
HB71 2013-107 HB184 2013-371 HB494 2013-361
HB72 2013-108 HB192 2013-195 HB503 2013-203
HB73 2013-113 HB199 2013-209 HB505 2013-214
HB74 2013-114 HB204 2013-348 HB506 2013-215
HB75 2013-149 HB205 2013-260 HB507 2013-375
HB76 2013-150 HB215 2013-398 HB514 2013-402
HB77 2013-159 HB216 2013-196 HB517 2013-345
HB78 2013-160 HB225 2013-197 HB523 2013-376
HB79 2013-162 HB227 2013-399 HB529 2013-352
HB80 2013-163 HB232 2013-349 HB544 2013-386
HB81 2013-164 HB234 2013-210 HB546 2013-366
HB84 2013-64 HB237 2013-198 HB562 2013-240
HB86 2013-207 HB247 2013-211 HB605 2013-246
HB88 2013-109 HB249 2013-400 HB648 2013-353
HB89 2013-245 HB251 2013-334 HB658 2013-265
HB90 2013-208 HB259 2013-421

SENATE BILLS
2013 REGULAR SESSION

SENATE BILL
ACT
SENATE BILL
ACT
SENATE BILL
ACT



SB4 2013-269 SB138 2013-69 SB229 2013-223
SB18 2013-190 SB142 2013-78 SB231 2013-222
SB22 2013-284 SB143 2013-263 SB238 2013-73
SB29 2013-307 SB144 2013-224 SB240 2013-443
SB35 2013-247 SB146 2013-242 SB247 2013-286
SB38 2013-249 SB151 2013-192 SB258 2013-287
SB49 2013-34 SB152 2013-116 SB260 2013-266
SB52 2013-221 SB153 2013-117 SB268 2013-172
SB57 2013-282 SB162 2013-248 SB286 2013-283
SB60 2013-310 SB172 2013-306 SB287 2013-289
SB66 2013-74 SB174 2013-285 SB288 2013-255
SB94 2013-93 SB192 2013-80 SB303 2013-239
SB95 2013-191 SB199 2013-250 SB307 2013-157
SB96 2013-51 SB200 2013-251 SB340 2013-261
SB97 2013-81 SB201 2013-312 SB361 2013-193
SB100 2013-173 SB203 2013-252 SB383 2013-288
SB106 2013-115 SB204 2013-66 SB445 2013-311
SB108 2013-67 SB214 2013-308 SB475 2013-253
SB117 2013-68 SB215 2013-309
SB133 2013-290 SB222 2013-118

SUMMARIES OF GENERAL LAWS ENACTED
AND CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS PROPOSED
BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA AT THE 2013 REGULAR SESSION


SUMMARIES OF GENERAL LAWS ENACTED AND CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS PROPOSED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA AT THE 2013 REGULAR SESSION

Act 2013-6, HB94, is the People’s Trust Act. The act requires the Legislature to repay all amounts transferred from the Alabama Trust Fund to the State General Fund pursuant to Amendment 856 to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901 by not later than September 30, 2026. The act also establishes minimum cumulative amounts to be repaid at the end of each fiscal year between the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and the fiscal year ending September 30, 2026, and provides for appropriations from the General Fund to make up the difference between the total cumulative amount repaid in a fiscal year and the minimum cumulative amount required in the act.

EFFECTIVE DATE: February 20, 2013.

Act 2013-34, SB49, amends Section 41-7A-43, Code of Alabama 1975, to provide that the amount of a rebate available to a qualified production company in excess of the company’s Alabama income tax liability will be rebated to the company. The act is retroactive to June 14, 2011.

EFFECTIVE DATE: March 1, 2013.

Act 2013-51, SB96, is the Major 21st Century Manufacturing Zone Act. The act amends Sections 11-99-1, 11-99-2, 11-99-4, 11-99-5, 11-99-6, and 11-99-8, Code of Alabama 1975, to provide for the designation by municipalities of large contiguous tracts of underutilized real property as Major 21st Century Manufacturing Zones for certain manufacturing purposes. The act provides capital and public infrastructure improvements to existing facilities and the construction of building and structures and provides for funding of the improvements through tax increment financing. See also Act 2013-424.

EFFECTIVE DATE: March 6, 2013.

Act 2013-64, HB84, is the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013. The act allows the State Board of Education and local school systems to contract to exempt the local school board from certain state laws, regulations, and policies. The act creates tax credits for families with students in a failing school, as defined in the act, to attend a nonpublic school or nonfailing public school. The act also creates tax credits for taxpayers who donate to nonprofit organizations that provide scholarships for students to attend a nonpublic school or nonfailing public school. See also Act 2013-265.

EFFECTIVE DATE: March 14, 2013.

Act 2013-66, SB204, amends Section 40-18-342, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to tax credits for the purchase and installation of certain irrigation systems, to provide for changes to the annual flow rate of rivers or streams excepted from the qualified reservoir requirement. The act also allows the tax credit to be carried forward five years following the taxable year the qualified system or reservoir is placed in service and allows shareholders a pro rata share of the credit claimed by certain business entities.

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 1, 2013.

Act 2013-67, SB108, creates the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency and the position of Secretary of the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency, appointed by the Governor, to coordinate public safety in this state. Effective October 1, 2014, the act consolidates certain investigative and law enforcement functions and reorganizes the administration of public safety services in this state. The Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency is comprised of two units: the reorganized Department of Public Safety, which would consolidate uniformed state law enforcement services, and a newly created State Bureau of Investigations, which would consolidate state investigative law enforcement services. The act also amends Sections 41-9-592 and 41-9-593, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Criminal Justice Information Center Commission, to provide that the Secretary of the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency will serve as the commission chair.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Sections 1 and 2, relating to the creation of the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency and the position of Secretary of the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency, are effective March 19, 2013. The remaining provisions of the act are effective January 1, 2015.

Act 2013-68, SB117, creates the new cabinet position of Secretary of Information Technology, along with its related Office of the Secretary of Information Technology, to oversee strategic planning, coordination, and administration of information technology goods and services for the state. The act creates the Permanent Legislative Oversight Committee on Information Technology to review the operations and performance of the Secretary of Information Technology and to promote the effective use of information technology in state government. The act also amends Section 41-4-221, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the duties of the Division of Data Systems Management, to eliminate certain duties of the division. The act repeals Sections 16-61D-1 through 16-61D-6, inclusive, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Office of Information Technology.

EFFECTIVE DATE: March 19, 2013.

Act 2013-69, SB138, makes a supplemental appropriation from the Education Trust Fund to the Department of Commerce in the amount of $10,800,000 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, to be expended for Workforce Development in the Alabama Industrial Development Training Institute Program. The act makes a supplemental appropriation from the Education Trust Fund to the Department of Veterans' Affairs in the amount of $5,264,915 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, to be expended for the Student Financial Aid Program. The act provides that any amount appropriated for the fiscal years ending September 30, 2012, and September 30, 2013, to Jacksonville State University for the Alabama Film Initiative Program and the Little River Canyon Field School which is unexpended will remain at Jacksonville State University to be expended for the Film Initiative Program and the Little River Canyon Field School. The act also provides that $2,316,462 in unexpended and carried over funds appropriated in prior fiscal years to the State Department of Education for the Alabama Science in Motion Program will remain at the State Department of Education to be expended for the Alabama Science in Motion Program.

EFFECTIVE DATE: March 19, 2013.

Act 2013-71, HB58, continues the existence and functioning of the Board of Nursing pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2017.

EFFECTIVE DATE: March 26, 2013.

Act 2013-72, HB59, continues the existence and functioning of the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2017.

EFFECTIVE DATE: March 26, 2013.

Act 2013-73, SB238, is the Alabama Commercial Aviation Business Improvement Act of 2013. The act establishes the statute of limitations and statute of repose periods for damage arising out of an accident alleged to have been caused by a commercial aviation aircraft manufacturer or assembler. The act precludes certain suits against commercial aviation aircraft manufacturers filed by out-of-state plaintiffs who may seek to file suit in this state due to the manufacturer’s location in this state on grounds of forum non conveniens. The act also authorizes an allocation of fault to a nonparty in a suit against a commercial aviation manufacturer or assembler under certain conditions. The act applies to any action filed after April 4, 2013.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 4, 2013.

Act 2013-74, SB66, amends Sections 13A-7-24 and 13A-7-25, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to criminal tampering, to further define the term utility and to provide that a person who threatens an individual with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument with the intent to obstruct the operation of a utility commits the crime of criminal tampering, provided that the threatened individual is working within the scope of his or her duties as an employee of a utility and has properly identified himself or herself when asked.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2013.

Act 2013-75, HB61, continues the existence and functioning of the Alabama Board of Optometry pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2017. The act also amends Section 34-22-20, Code of Alabama 1975, to delete the requirement of proving high school graduation for licensure by the board.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 4, 2013.

Act 2013-76, HB62, continues the existence and functioning of the Public Service Commission pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2014.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 4, 2013.

Act 2013-78, SB142, amends Section 11-101A-8, Code of Alabama 1975, to expand the powers of county and municipal corporations providing buildings, facilities, and other property for lease to the federal government to include expending funds in support of federal facilities located in this state, including support for the promotion of such facilities and support for the growth of and acts performed at those facilities.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2013.

Act 2013-79, HB57, is the Women’s Health and Safety Act. The act requires physician involvement in abortions performed at an abortion or reproductive health center, as well as compliance with certain standards in nursing care, post-operative care, and follow-up care. The act requires the name of the father, if known, or a minor child under the age of 14 years seeking an abortion, or both, to be reported to the Department of Human Resources and law enforcement under certain conditions. The act also requires the Board of Health to adopt rules and provides civil and criminal penalties for violations.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2013.

Act 2013-80, SB192, amends Sections 23-1-174, 23-1-177, 23-1-178, and 23-1-181, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Alabama Highway Finance Corporation, to add the Governor as a member of the corporation, to designate officers of the corporation, and to increase the number of members necessary for a quorum. The act specifies that the corporation's borrowing authority of not more than $25 million in aggregate principal amount of bonds outstanding at any time does not include bonds that are being refunded and allows the bonds to be sold 30 years instead of 20 years. The bill allows the proceeds to be spent for the counties’ and municipalities’ share to match federal funds for local improvement projects awarded through the Rural Assistance Match Program administered by the Alabama Department of Transportation. The act also specifies how proceeds from the sale of any bonds may be invested.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 9, 2013.

Act 2013-81, SB97, is the Scottsboro Boys Act. The act establishes procedures for the State Board of Pardons and Paroles to consider, under certain conditions, posthumous pardons of certain felons whose convictions were based upon alleged acts committed at least 80 years prior to the date of the petition for a pardon.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2013.

Act 2013-82, HB63, continues the existence and functioning of the Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage & Family Therapy pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2017.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 12, 2013.

Act 2013-83, HB64, continues the existence and functioning of the Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2017.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 12, 2013.

Act 2013-84, HB65, continues the existence and functioning of the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2017.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 12, 2013.

Act 2013-85, HB66, continues the existence and functioning of the State Board of Medical Examiners and the Medical Licensure Commission pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2017.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 12, 2013.

Act 2013-86, HB67, continues the existence and functioning of the Board of Physical Therapy pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2017.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 12, 2013.

Act 2013-87, HB68, continues the existence and functioning of the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2017. The act also amends Section 34-40-8, Code of Alabama 1975, to authorize the board to establish reduced renewal fees for licensees whose license has been effective for less than six months before it expired.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 12, 2013.

Act 2013-88, HB101, is The Red Tape Reduction Act. The act further provides for notice to the public regarding proposed administrative rules adopted under the Administrative Procedure Act. The act requires, under certain conditions, an agency proposing rules that may have an adverse impact on businesses to prepare and file with the Joint Committee on Administrative Regulation Review a business economic impact statement at the time the rule is certified to the Legislative Reference Service. The act also requires a state agency to review its administrative rules every five years.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2013.

Act 2013-89, HB69, continues the existence and functioning of the Alabama Athletic Commission pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2014.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 18, 2013.

Act 2013-90, HB70, continues the existence and functioning of the State Board of Podiatry pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2014.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 18, 2013.

Act 2013-91, HB112, amends Sections 35-12-72, 35-12-76, 35-12-77, 35-12-79, 35-12-84, 35-12-86, and 35-12-93, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act of 2004. The act allows all payment instruments issued by the state to be remitted to unclaimed property for the benefit of the payee upon expiration. The act, with certain exceptions, requires a holder of abandoned property to file reports to the Treasurer electronically. The act allows a surviving parent to claim abandoned property from a child who died intestate. The act clarifies the civil and criminal immunity of the Treasurer when receiving, holding, or returning abandoned property. The act also provides certain consumer protection provisions relating to property claimed through a third party.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2013.

Act 2013-92, HB104, amends Sections 35-12-81, 41-14A-12, and 41-14A-14, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the administration of unclaimed property and the SAFE Program of the State Treasurer’s Office, to create the State Treasury Operations Fund for the operation of the State Treasurer’s Office. The act provides that the fund may receive General Fund appropriations, amounts from the Unclaimed Property Reserve Fund, and other receipts. The act also provides for the transfer of funds from the Unclaimed Property Administrative Fund and the SAFE Program Administrative Fund and abolishes those funds.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2013.

Act 2013-93, SB94, renames the J.F. Drake State Technical College the J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2013.

Act 2013-106, HB36, amends Section 34-23-74, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to hospitals and other institutional pharmacies, to authorize the use of automated dispensing systems in nursing facilities.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 23, 2013.

Act 2013-107, HB71, continues the existence and functioning of the Alabama Licensure Board for Interpreters and Transliterators pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2017.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 19, 2013.

Act 2013-108, HB72, continues the existence and functioning of the Alabama Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2017.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 19, 2013.

Act 2013-109, HB88, amends Section 33-4-48, Code of Alabama, to increase the pilotage fees of bar pilots in the Mobile Bay or Harbor in annual increments on January 1, 2014, January 1, 2015, and January 1, 2016.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 1, 2013.

Act 2013-112, HB155, makes supplemental appropriations from the Alabama Women’s Commission Fund to the Alabama Women’s Commission in the amount of $1,493 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, from the Alabama Health Care Trust Fund to the Alabama Medicaid Agency in the amount of $42,069,180 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, and from the Emergency Forest Fire Fund to the Alabama Forestry Commission in the amount of $500,000 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013. The act provides for the reallocation of $1,340,000 transferred to the Department of Public Health by Act 2012-568 of the 2012 Regular Session to the Public Health Services Program for use by the Hudson Alpha Institute, UAB–Huntsville, and the University of South Alabama for certain health research and screening and outreach programs. The act also transfers $100,000 from the Departmental Emergency Fund to the Department of Education for the Catastrophic Special Education Support Allocation.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 19, 2013.

Act 2013-113, HB73, continues the existence and functioning of the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2017.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 24, 2013.

Act 2013-114, HB74, continues the existence and functioning of the Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2017.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 24, 2013.

Act 2013-115, SB106, is the Alabama Prisoner Litigation Reform Act. The act establishes guidelines for all pro se civil actions brought by prisoners incarcerated in any state correctional facility in this state. The act requires a prisoner to exhaust certain administrative remedies prior to filing a pro se civil action. The act requires a showing of physical injury by a prisoner in all claims for mental or emotional injury. The act requires the Department of Corrections and certain correctional entities to adopt procedures for resolving claims by pro se prisoners and requires the maintenance of certain records relating to prisoners. The act provides that any damages awarded to a prisoner must first be paid to satisfy any outstanding restitution order. The act also limits oral arguments in certain cases and provides for suits involving prison conditions to be resolved by a three-judge panel.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 24, 2013.

Act 2013-116, SB152, makes an appropriation of $196,978 from the State General Fund to the Coalition Against Domestic Violence for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2013.

Act 2013-117, SB153, amends Section 11-47-3, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to contracts for municipal buildings and public utilities systems, to authorize a municipality to enter into agreements with private companies that are registered as service contract providers to provide ancillary service contracts to customers of the utility system of the municipality. The act provides that a municipality may not require utility customers to purchase an ancillary service contract. The act also authorizes a municipality to apply any fees it receives pursuant to the agreement to its general revenue fund.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2013.

Act 2013-118, SB222, places the Alabama Industrial Development and Training Institute (AIDT) under the supervision and control of the Secretary of Commerce and the Department of Commerce, to be funded from the Education Trust Fund. The act provides that all employees of the institute remain employees of the institute, employed outside of the state Merit System. The act also specifies that all information relating to a proposed project that is provided to the director and AIDT is confidential.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 24, 2013.

Act 2013-149, HB75, continues the existence and functioning of the Elevator Safety Review Board pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2017. The act also amends Section 25-13-7, Code of Alabama 1975, to delete the requirement that an inspector have a specific certification and to require an inspector to have the qualifications specified by the Department of Labor.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 25, 2013.

Act 2013-150, HB76, continues the existence and functioning of the Alabama Board for Registered Interior Designers pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2017.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 25, 2013.

Act 2013-157, SB307, is The Best Interests of the Child Act of 2013. The act amends Sections 12-15-317, 12-15-318, and 12-15-320, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the termination of parental rights, to require the Department of Human Resources to file a petition to terminate the parental rights of a parent of a child who has been in foster care for 12, rather than 15, of the most recent 22 months. The act requires the completion of the trial on a petition for the termination of parental rights within 90 days after service of process has been perfected and that a final order be entered within 30 days of the completion of the trial. The act provides for service by publication if service has not been completed in 45 days rather than 90 days.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 25, 2013.

Act 2013-159, HB77, continues the existence and functioning of the Alabama State Board of Landscape Architects pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2017.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 29, 2013.

Act 2013-160, HB78, continues the existence and functioning of the Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Geologists pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2017.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 29, 2013.

Act 2013-161, HB60, continues the existence and functioning of the Home Builders Licensure Board pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2017.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 29, 2013.

Act 2013-162, HB79, continues the existence and functioning of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2014.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 29, 2013.

Act 2013-163, HB80, continues the existence and functioning of the Board of Hearing Instrument Dealers pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2017.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 29, 2013.

Act 2013-164, HB81, continues the existence and functioning of the Alabama Board of Cosmetology pursuant to the Alabama Sunset Law until October 1, 2017. The act also amends Section 34-7A-22, Code of Alabama 1975, to further provide for the instructional hours or credit hours required for licensure.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 29, 2013.

Act 2013-167, HB167, makes an appropriation of $9,069, 227 from the Education Trust Fund to Tuskegee University for the support and maintenance of the educational program of the institution, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2013.

Act 2013-168, HB168, makes an appropriation of $273,276 from the Education Trust Fund to Lyman Ward Military Academy for the support and maintenance of the educational program of the institution, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2013.

Act 2013-169, HB169, makes an appropriation of $632,997 from the Education Trust Fund to Talladega College for the support and maintenance of the educational program of the institution, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2013.

Act 2013-170, HB4, exempts all property owned by the Lurleen B. Wallace Community College Foundation and the Calhoun Community College Foundation and used by the foundations in furtherance of their charitable purposes from state, county, and local ad valorem taxes. The act also exempts purchases by the foundations from state, county, and local sales and use taxes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 30, 2013.

Act 2013-172, SB268, amends Sections 36-25-4.3 and 41-13-7, Code of Alabama 1975, to prohibit the State Ethics Commission from disclosing to the public any identifying information submitted by a public official or public employee in a statement of economic interest. The act also expands the protection against the disclosure of indentifying information to include active or honorably retired employees of any criminal justice or law enforcement agency.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-173, SB100, provides for the transfer of certain state funds into the State General Fund to help offset the costs of services provided to specified state departments by state entities receiving appropriations from the state General Fund.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2013.

Act 2013-174, HB181, amends Sections 22-30-4, 22-30B-2, 22-30B-2.1, 22-30B-4, and 22-30B-4.1, Code of Alabama 1975, to reduce state and local fees paid by operators of commercial sites for the disposal of hazardous waste or hazardous substances.

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 1, 2013.

Act 2013-190, SB18, provides for the issuance of distinctive motorcycle license plates for breast cancer research under certain conditions. The act provides that the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama is responsible for the design of the license plate and must use the portion of the license tag fee it receives to provide funding for breast cancer research in this state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2014.

Act 2013-191, SB95, amends Section 16-22-1, Code of Alabama 1975, to authorize Spring Hill College to appoint and employ police officers. The act also provides that a police officer appointed and employed by any educational institution under Section 16-22-1, Code of Alabama 1975, must carry and be trained in the proper use of a nonlethal weapon.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 8, 2013.

Act 2013-192, SB151, amends Sections 22-21-260, 22-21-263, and 22-21-270, Code of Alabama 1975, to specify that health care facilities and health maintenance organizations may be organized as limited liability companies and other legal entities. Retroactive to all transactions on or after July 30, 1979, the act provides that a transaction involving the sale, lease, or other transfer or change of control of an existing health care facility, health maintenance organization, or existing institutional health service is not subject to certificate of need review or approval, except under specified conditions. Retroactive to July 30, 1979, the act also specifies that a certificate of need is vested in and survives changes of control and changes of ownership of a health care facility without further approval and that a transfer of equity interests in any legal entity is not subject to certificate of need approval.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 8, 2013.

Act 2013-193, SB361, amends Section 12-14-31, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to bail bond fees, to specify what acts constitute the same incident for the assessment of a bond fee on one charge in cases where there are multiple charges. The act extends the time in which the official executing the bond or the clerk of the court has to collect the bail bond fees and authorizes an additional contempt penalty in municipal court for the failure to pay the bail bond fee. The act also repeals Section 7 of Act 2012-535, 2012 Regular Session, relating to the expiration date of the bail bond fee.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 8, 2013.

Act 2013-194, HB113, amends Sections 27-2B-2, 27-2B-3, and 27-2B-4, Code of Alabama 1975, to revise the test for when a property and casualty insurer is subject to a company action level event based on its risk-based capital report.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 8, 2013.

Act 2013-195, HB192, amends Sections 2, 3, and 4 of Act 2012-424 of the 2012 Regular Session, now appearing as Sections 27-15-51, 27-15-52, and 27-15-53, Code of Alabama 1975, to specify that the requirement for certain insurers to search the death master file applies only to life insurance policies, annuity contracts, and retained asset accounts issued and delivered in this state on or after January 1, 2016. The act also delays the completion date by which an insurer who has in-force life insurance policies, annuity contracts, and retained asset accounts must make certain death master file comparisons to January 1, 2019.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-196, HB216, amends Section 40-23-62, Code of Alabama 1975, to specify a use tax exemption, beginning October 1, 2012, and ending May 30, 2022, for any parts, components, and systems that become a part of a fixed or rotary wing military aircraft or certified transport category aircraft that undergoes conversion, reconfiguration, or general maintenance, provided that the address for FAA registration of the aircraft is not in this state. The act also specifies that the exemption does not apply to a local use tax unless previously exempted by local law or approved by resolution of local governing body.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 8, 2013, and retroactive to October 1, 2012.

Act 2013-197, HB225, amends Section 27-41-39, Code of Alabama 1975, to exempt cash equivalents, as defined, from the quality and diversity requirements of the investments of foreign and alien insurers authorized to do business in this state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 8, 2013.

Act 2013-198, HB237, amends Section 34-23-70, Code of Alabama 1975, to authorize pharmacies in this state to accept unused or expired medications returned to the pharmacy for the sole purpose of destruction in compliance with applicable laws or rules adopted by the State Board of Pharmacy.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-200, HB279, amends Sections 40-17-329, 40-23-4, and 40-23-62, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to excise taxes paid on purchases of jet fuel in a foreign trade zone by air carriers conducting scheduled all-cargo operations engaged in international flights, to remove the limitation to purchases in a foreign trade zone. The act is retroactive to October 1, 2012.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 8, 2013.

Act 2013-201, HB301, amends Section 26-14-3, Code of Alabama 1975, to include physical therapists, public and private K-12 employees, and employees of public and private institutions of postsecondary and higher education as persons required to report known or suspected child abuse. The act clarifies that both public and private school employees, teachers, and officials are required to report suspected abuse or neglect. The act also provides criminal penalties for any public or private employer that disciplines or penalizes an employee for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-202, HB373, amends Sections 17-11-3 and 17-11-7, Code of Alabama 1975, to authorize the Secretary of State to adopt an emergency rule during a state or federally declared emergency to allow for absentee voting by those qualified electors who have responded to the emergency and are away from their polling places. The act also provides that expenses and costs incurred by the state or any county related to absentee voting by emergency rule must be paid by the state from any funds made available for election expenses under state or federal law.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-203, HB503, amends Sections 9-17-6 and 9-17-24, Code of Alabama 1975, to specify that the authority of the Oil and Gas Board relating to oil and gas includes oil sands. The act provides for the fees to fracture a coal group or geologic formation and authorizes the Oil and Gas Board to set fees by rule for operations to recover oil from oil sands. The act also requires a person proposing a surface mining operation to recover oil from oil sands to notify the State Oil and Gas Supervisor and to pay the designated fee.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 8, 2013.

Act 2013-204, HB9, allows a person 21 years of age or older to produce at his or her legal residence a limited amount of home brewed beer, mead, cider, and table wine for personal use without payment of taxes or fees and without obtaining a license. The act prohibits a convicted felon from home brewing these beverages, prohibits a person under 21 years of age from purchasing, possessing, or transporting such beverages, and prohibits any person or other entity from selling, furnishing, giving away, or providing such beverages to a person under 21 years of age.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 9, 2013.

Act 2013-205, HB419, requires the Department of Revenue to grant certificates of exemption from sales and use taxes to contractors and subcontractors licensed by the State Licensing Board for General Contractors for the purchase of building and construction materials to be used in certain construction projects, excluding a highway, road, or bridge project, for a governmental entity that is exempt from the payment of sales and use taxes. The act also provides for the accounting of purchases and civil penalties for intentional misuse of a tax exemption. The act applies to contracts entered into on or after January 1, 2014, and does not apply to any contract change orders or contract extensions when the original contract was entered into prior to January 1, 2014.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2013.

Act 2013-207, HB86, amends Section 32-9A-2, Code of Alabama 1975, to require operators of commercial motor vehicles to comply with additional motor carrier safety regulations adopted by the United States Department of Transportation.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-208, HB90, amends Sections 25-4-40.1 and 25-4-54, Code of Alabama 1975, to delete the termination date of the special assessment placed on wages paid to certain employees and deposited into the Unemployment Compensation Fund and transferred into the Employment Security Enhancement Fund. The act also changes references to the Director of Industrial Relations to the Commissioner of Labor and makes other technical changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-209, HB199, provides for the regulation of reinsurance. Among other requirements relating to reinsurance, the act provides that, upon the insolvency of a non-U.S. insurer or reinsurer that provides security to fund its U.S. obligation, the assets representing the security must be maintained in the United States to be valued and distributed by the state Insurance Commissioner in accordance with the insurance laws of this state. The act also repeals Section 27-5-12, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to reinsurance.

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2014.

Act 2013-210, HB234, is the annual codification bill. The act adopts and incorporates into the Code of Alabama 1975, those general and permanent laws of the state enacted during the 2012 Regular Session and 2012 First Special Session as contained in the 2012 Cumulative Supplement to certain volumes of the code and 2012 Replacement Volumes 11, 11A, 13, and 20. The act initially adopts and incorporates into the Code of Alabama 1975, 2012 Volume 22G (Local Laws Etowah - Geneva Counties) and adopts and incorporates into the Code of Alabama 1975, 2012 Cumulative Supplements to local law volumes. The act makes certain corrections in certain volumes of the cumulative supplement. The act also specifies that this adoption and incorporation constitutes a continuous systematic codification of the entire Code of Alabama 1975, and that the act is a law that adopts a code, declares that the code publisher has discharged its duties regarding the replacement volumes, expressly provides that the act does not affect other statutes enacted in 2013, and specifies the duties of the Secretary of State regarding the custody of the cumulative supplements, replacement volumes, and initial volume.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 10, 2013.

Act 2013-211, HB247, authorizes a county commission to establish purchasing procedures to allow the chief administrative officer to make limited purchases utilizing a credit or debit card provided the proper procedures are followed. The act also authorizes a county commission to adopt a procurement or purchasing program designed to simplify the purchasing of certain tangible personal property if the program is designed to save costs and includes written policies and procedures for implementation and administration.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 10, 2013.

Act 2013-212, HB357, amends Sections 8-16-1, 8-16-6, 8-16-7, and 8-16-18, Code of Alabama 1975, to provide that the Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries may perform testing of weighing or measuring devices through a registered service agent, as defined in the act. The act requires the registered service agent to perform the inspection and test of weighing and measuring devices in accordance with the rules adopted by the Board of Agriculture and Industries. The act provides for the suspension or revocation of certificates of registration obtained by registered service agents. The act also authorizes the Board of Agriculture and Industries to adopt a schedule of civil fines for violations related to weights and measures.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 10, 2013.

Act 2013-213, HB489, provides a broader definition of the limited line of travel insurance for insurance producers and provides additional duties and responsibilities for limited lines travel insurance producers, including a requirement to maintain a register of each travel retailer that offers travel insurance on behalf of a travel insurance producer. The act also amends Sections 27-7-1 and 27-7-14.1, Code of Alabama 1975, to make conforming changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-214, HB505, makes supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, from the Education Trust Fund to the Department of Rehabilitation Services in the amount of $1,000,000, to the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind in the amount of $1,000,000, to the Department of Archives and History in the amount of $400,000, to the Legislature in the amount of $500,000, to the Public Service Library in the amount of $250,000, to the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science in the amount of $150,000, to the Alabama School of Fine Arts in the amount of $150,000, and to the Department of Homeland Security in the amount of $430,000. The act also makes an appropriation from the Education Technology Fund to the State Department of Education for the Alabama Science in Motion Program in the amount of $2,316,462 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 13, 2013.

Act 2013-215, HB506, revises the State Minimum Salary Schedule to reflect a pay increase of two percent beginning with the fiscal year 2013-2014 for public K-12 education employees, support employees, and employees of certain other public educational institutions and schools. The act also requires the Department of Finance, in consultation with the Department of Education, to implement a program to purchase or provide a policy of education employee liability insurance to insure certificated personnel and support personnel, including student teachers, employed by a local board of education.

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 12, 2013.

Act 2013-221, SB52, amends Sections 34-1A-1, 34-1A-3, 34-1A-5, 34-1A-6, 34-1A-7, and 34-1A-10, Code of Alabama 1975, to authorize the Electronic Security Board of Licensure to make inspections relating to unlicensed operations. The act also provides for the issuance of licenses for a two-year period and for staggered renewals. The act specifies certain exemptions from licensure and would authorize certain penalties, including civil fines, for violations of the licensure law. The act also exempts certain entities who have maintained a business license for the installation, service, or monitoring of burglar alarm systems for a specified period of time in a county with a population of less than 30,000 inhabitants according to the most recent federal decennial census.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-222, SB231, provides that the Gulf State Park and related project site, including buildings and structures may not be sold. The act requires the Gulf State Park Project committee to approve by a majority vote a long-term lease of the project site. The act authorizes the Governor to manage requests for proposals and negotiate project agreements for certain projects at Gulf State Park. The act is contingent on the submission to and approval of a current market feasibility study by the Gulf State Park Project Committee. The act also repeals Chapters 14B and 14D of Title 9 of the Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Gulf State Park Improvement Act and the sale and lease of state park property.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-223, SB229, authorizes certified registered nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives who have obtained a Qualified Alabama Controlled Substances Registration Certificate to prescribe certain schedules of controlled substances under certain conditions and to be issued a Limited Purpose Schedule II Permit. The act requires the Board of Medical Examiners to serve as the certifying board for the registration, approval, and renewal of the certificates, and authorizes the board to adopt rules relating to the limitation, suspension, or revocation of a certificate. The act also provides an appeal process for the denial, limitation, or revocation of a certificate. The act also amends Sections 20-2-214 and 20-2-217, Code of Alabama 1975, to authorize certified registered nurse practitioners and midwives to access the controlled substances database, and to subject these practitioners to the surcharge for issuance of a controlled substance registration certificate.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-224, SB144, amends Section 32-8-64.2, Code of Alabama 1975, to provide for the release of certain motor vehicle liens after four years, rather than five years, on vehicles that are 12 or more model years old.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-239, SB303, amends Section 16-25-19, Code of Alabama 1975, to alter the membership of the Board of Control of the Teachers’ Retirement System by increasing the number of trustees to 15. The act eliminates the Executive Secretary of the Alabama Education Association as a member of the board and provides for twelve elected members. The act provides that the twelve members must be elected in a statewide election conducted by a third party entity that is not a participant of or affiliated with the Teachers’ Retirement System. The act also provides that a vacancy in the office of a trustee will be filled through appointment by the Governor.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 13, 2013.

Act 2013-240, HB562, amends Section 40-26B-21, Code of Alabama 1975, to extend the monthly surcharge on nursing facilities and the current supplemental privilege assessment and monthly surcharge designated for the operation of the Medicaid program.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 15, 2013.

Act 2013-241, HB140, provides a tax credit against the tax liability of a taxpayer for the rehabilitation, preservation, and development of historic structures certified by the Alabama Historical Commission as being listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The credit provided to the taxpayer equals 25 percent of the qualified rehabilitation expenditures for certified historic structures, and 10 percent of the qualified rehabilitation expenditures for qualified pre-1936 non-historic structure. The amount of credit that may be claimed for any certified rehabilitation not to exceed $5,000,000 for all property types other than a historic home, and $50,000 for a historic home. The act requires a taxpayer seeking the credit to submit an application and rehabilitation plan to the Alabama Historical Commission for approval. The act also provides that the tax credits will not be available to owners of qualified structures that submit an application and rehabilitation plan three years after May 15, 2016.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 15, 2013.

Act 2013-242, SB146, amends Section 41-1-5, Code of Alabama 1975, to prohibit a state employee from entering into a personal service contract with a relative within the fourth degree of affinity or consanguinity and also provides that no person within this degree of relation to an agency head, appointing authority, deputy director, assistant director, or associate director is eligible for appointment under, or shall be under the supervision of, that person of authority. Excluding employees of a city or county board of education that are currently employed or to future employees hired into non-supervisory positions, the bill prohibits a person within the fourth degree of affinity or consanguinity from immediately supervising, hiring, evaluating, reassigning, promoting, or disciplining a public employee. Current employees are grandfathered in under the provisions of this act.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-245, HB89, authorizes the State Employees’ Insurance Board to offer a high deductible health plan with a federally qualified health savings account and a health reimbursement arrangement to eligible state employees, state retirees, and their dependents. The act provides that, if state law authorizes the assignment of benefits or a lien against benefits under a health insurance policy, the health benefits may not be assigned by the insured or attached by lien if the policy provides coverage for excepted benefits, as defined under federal law.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 16, 2013.

Act 2013-246, HB605, amends Sections 40-26B-70, 40-26B-71, 40-26B-73, 40-26B-77, 40-26B-78, 40-26B-79, 40-26B-80, 40-26B-81, 40-26B-82, and 40-26B-84, Code of Alabama 1975, to extend the private hospital assessment and Medicaid funding program for fiscal years 2014, 2015, and 2016. The act also changes the base year to fiscal year 2011 for purposes of calculating the assessment and changes the assessment rate for fiscal years 2014, 2015, and 2016. The act requires state-owned and public hospitals to make intergovernmental transfers to the Medicaid Agency to be used to fund payments for inpatient and outpatient care. The act also provides that certified public expenditures of state-owned and public hospitals must be for the hospital’s uncompensated care and used to pay the hospital its disproportionate share payments.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2013.

Act 2013-247, SB35, authorizes a private water system utility that serves less than 1,000 customers and purchases its water from a municipal water system in a Class 8 municipality to elect to be exempt from regulation of the Public Service Commission and subject to regulation by the municipality from which it purchases its water upon written notification to the commission and the municipality.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 16, 2013.

Act 2013-248, SB163, amends Sections 9-11-44 and 9-11-49, Code of Alabama 1975, to provide, beginning September 1, 2013, for a resident Physically Disabled Military Veteran’s Appreciation Hunting License for one-half of the cost of the annual licenses plus any applicable issuance fees. The act also provides, beginning September 1, 2013, for a Physically Disabled Military Veteran’s Appreciation three-day trip event license for events sanctioned by the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources for a fee equal to the nonresident all game three-day hunting license, plus any applicable issuance fee.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-249, SB38, amends Sections 24-9-4, 24-9-5, 24-9-6, 24-9-7, 24-9-8, and 40-10-132, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Alabama Land Bank Authority, to expand the definition of the term “agreement” to include an agreement between an authority and a local authority. The act also authorizes the land bank authority to institute foreclosure actions, and to acquire title to property by purchase, donation, or exchange. The act also authorizes the land bank authority to submit a request to the Land Commissioner for the transfer of the state’s interest in tax delinquent properties that have been held by the state for at least five years. The act provides procedures for conveyance or disposition of properties or the rights or interests in properties held by the land bank authority. The act also authorizes the governing body of a municipality to create local land bank authorities if the number of tax delinquent properties in the municipality exceeds 1,000.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-250, SB199, amends Section 35-5A-8, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to transfers under the Transfer to Minors Act, to remove the aggregate monetary value limitation on transfers to a custodian. The act also limits transfers to adult members of the minor’s family or a trust company when a custodian has not been nominated or is otherwise unable to serve to property that does not exceed $50,000 in value.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-251, SB200, amends Section 32-6-68, Code of Alabama 1975, to provide that a portion of the fee for the issuance of distinctive license plates currently being distributed to the Penny Trust Fund be distributed instead to the Department of Senior Services to be used by the department to provide meals to senior citizens under the “John L. Buskey Senior Meals Program.”

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-252, SB203, amends Sections 34-9-1, 34-9-4, 34-9-6, 34-9-7, 34-9-7.2, 34-9-8, 34-9-9, 34-9-10, 34-9-12, 34-9-13, 34-9-14, 34-9-15, 34-9-16, 34-9-18, 34-9-22, 34-9-26, 34-9-27, 34-9-28, 34-9-40, 34-9-46, 34-9-47, and 34-38-2, Code of Alabama 1975, to define and provide for the licensing, duties, and responsibilities of an expanded duty dental assistant. The act authorizes the Board of Dental Examiners to charge and collect fees for the licensure of a duty dental assistant and an Impaired Dental Professionals Committee Annual Monitoring Fee. The act further provides for run-off elections for members of the Board of Dental Examiners, authorizes the president of the board to designate, in writing, a member of the board to issue subpoenas, and further provides for depositions relating to the board in matters pending in circuit courts.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-253, SB475, provides that in any Class 2 municipality, the number of members on a board of adjustment whose members are appointed by the governing body of the municipality shall be the same as the number of members of the governing body of the municipality. The act requires the concurring vote of five members of the board to reverse any order, requirement, decision, or determination of an administrative official or to decide in favor of an applicant regarding an ordinance variation.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 16, 2013.

Act 2013-255, SB288, makes an appropriation of $39,004,803 from the Children First Trust Fund for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, to the entities delineated in Section 41-15B-2.2, Code of Alabama 1975. The act also provides for the deposit of tobacco settlement revenues in the Children First Trust Fund, requires written notification of anticipated agency allocations by the Director of Finance, and conditions the allocations on the receipt of tobacco revenues. The act makes an appropriation of $45,168,359 from other tobacco settlement funds for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, to specified entities, including the Medicaid Agency. The act also makes conditional appropriations of additional tobacco revenues.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 16, 2013.

Act 2013-256, HB150, amends Sections 20-2-212, 20-2-213, 20-2-214, 20-2-215, and 20-2-219, Code of Alabama 1975, to further provide for the membership of the controlled Substances Prescription Database Advisory Committee. The act authorizes members of the committee to meet by telephonic or video communication means. The act further provides for limitations to access to the Substances Prescription database, confidentiality of information contained in the database, duties of those accessing the database, and funding of the database.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-257, HB151, is the Alabama Pain Management Act. This act requires the registration and regulation of physicians providing pain management services by the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners. The act provides training and other eligibility requirements for pain management registration, renewal of registrations, fees for registration, investigation and inspection of pain management licensees, and penalties for violations of the act. The act also authorizes the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners to contract with the Alabama Physician Wellness Committee or other nonprofit professional organization to further prevent abuse, misuse, and conversion of controlled substances.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 8, 2013.

Act 2013-258, HB152, makes it a crime to deceptively obtain a controlled substance from a medical practitioner by intentionally and knowingly withholding information from the medical practitioner that the person has received a prior prescription for the same controlled substance or another controlled substance of a similar therapeutic use in a concurrent time period from another practitioner. The act provides that a violation is a Class A misdemeanor and that a person who commits a fourth or subsequent violation within a five-year period commits a Class C felony.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-259, HB163, proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, pertaining only to Escambia County, to authorize the trustees of the Escambia County Oil and Gas Severance Trust to loan funds to Escambia County specifically for economic development and for roads and bridges and other capital projects and to authorize other investments otherwise provided for by local law.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Contingent upon ratification.

Act 2013-260, HB205, proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, pertaining only to Shelby County, to provide that the Judge of Probate of Shelby County would be required to be an attorney licensed in this state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Contingent upon ratification.

Act 2013-261, SB340, provides for the delivery of medical services to Medicaid beneficiaries on a managed care basis through regional care organizations or alternative care providers. The act provides for the membership of the board of directors of the regional care organization and requires each organization to have a citizen’s advisory committee. The act requires the regional care organizations to maintain minimum financial reserves. The act requires the Medicaid Agency to establish geographic Medicaid regions and enter into a contract in each Medicaid region for at least one fully certified regional care organization to provide medical care to Medicaid beneficiaries directly or by contract with other providers. The act requires the Medicaid Agency to create a quality assurance committee to identify objective outcomes and quality measures related to certain health care services. The act also authorizes the Medicaid Agency to contract with an alternative care provider in a Medicaid Region under limited circumstances.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 17, 2013.

Act 2013-263, SB143, is the General Fund Budget. The act makes appropriations for the ordinary expenses of the executive, legislative, and judicial departments for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2013.

Act 2013-264, HB166, is the Education Trust Fund Budget. The act 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, 2014.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2013.

Act 2013-265, HB658, amends Sections 4, 5, 8, and 9 of the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013, Act 2013-64, 2013 Regular Session (Acts 2013), to revise definitions, including the definition of a failing school, and to further limit what may be contained in a school flexibility contract. The act also provides for the calculation of tax credits for parents of students enrolled in or assigned to attend a failing school and provides for the retention of certain funds by the failing school. The act provides for the treatment of students with disabilities, prohibits discrimination, and clarifies that no public or nonpublic school is required to enroll a student. The act also revises the tax credit for corporate donors to scholarship programs and provides for the manner of payment of scholarships. The act is retroactive to March 14, 2013. See also Act 2013-64.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 20, 2013.

Act 2013-266, SB260, proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, relating to the Capital Improvement Trust Fund, to increase the amount of the General Obligation Bonds authorized under Amendment 666 to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901 by $50,000,000. The proposed amendment also provides for additional payments from the Alabama Trust Fund to fund any bond issued, provides for competitive bidding of bonds, and provides for the use of the bond proceeds for plans, construction, and maintenance of the Alabama National Guard armories.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Contingent upon ratification.

Act 2013-267, HB8, proposes an amendment to Article I, Section 26 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide that every citizen has a fundamental right to bear arms and that any restriction on this right would be subject to strict scrutiny. The proposed amendment also provides that no international treaty or law may prohibit, limit, or otherwise interfere with a citizen’s fundamental right to bear arms.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Contingent upon ratification.

Act 2013-269, SB4, is the American and Alabama Laws for Alabama Courts Amendment. The act proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to prohibit the application of foreign law in violation of rights guaranteed natural citizens by the United States and Alabama Constitutions and the laws and public policy of the state. The amendment would not apply to business entities that contract to be subject to foreign law.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Contingent upon ratification.

Act 2013-282, SB57, amends Sections 23-1-50.1 and 41-17A-6, Code of Alabama 1975, to authorize the Department of Transportation Office of Fleet Management to review state department and agency green fleet plans and develop a statewide fleet management program. Effective October 1, 2014, the act also repeals Chapter 17, Title 41, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the purchase, lease, operation, and maintenance of state motor vehicles, and all personnel and property of the Department of Finance, Division of Service for the operation of a transportation pool or the maintenance and repair of state-owned or operated automobiles will transfer to the Alabama Department of Transportation.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 21, 2013.

Act 2013-283, SB286, amends Sections 11-80-11, 13A-11-7, 13A-11-52, 13A-11-70, 13A-11-73, 13A-11-75, 13A-11-85, and 40-12-143, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to firearms, to consolidate certain preemption language regarding the authorities of local governments to regulate certain activity related to firearms and to provide civil remedies for violations. The act establishes a rebuttable presumption that the carrying of a firearm under certain conditions does not constitute the crime of disorderly conduct. The act allows a person to carry a pistol on the property of another under certain conditions, further defines “crime of violence” for the purpose of determining who may possess a pistol, and provides for the possession of a pistol in a motor vehicle. The act requires a sheriff to issue a concealed pistol permit within a specified time frame and increases the renewal period. The act establishes certain eligibility requirements for a concealed pistol permit, provides for revocation of a permit, and includes an appeal process for denials and revocations. The act provides for the issuance of permits to applicants who are not United States citizens under certain conditions and requires certain criminal background checks for the issuance of a permit. The act authorizes the Attorney General to enter into reciprocal agreements with other states for the mutual recognition of permits to carry pistols and provides that a permit is void when the permittee establishes residency in another state. The act also further provides for business license taxes on persons participating in gun shows. The act prohibits the carrying of firearms at specified locations and allows employees to transport or store a firearm or ammunition in the employee’s motor vehicle under certain conditions and provides immunity to employers, businesses, and property owners from certain damages arising from the presence of a firearm. The act amends Section 13A-3-23, Code of Alabama 1975, to allow the use of force for protection and self-defense on business property. The act repeals Section 11-45-1.1, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the authority of a municipality to enact ordinances relating to handguns.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-284, SB22, requires the Alabama Department of Public Health to develop and disseminate to breast cancer patients, a standardized written summary explaining alternative medically viable methods of treating breast cancer, information on breast reconstructive surgery, and certain insurance coverage information. The act also requires physicians issuing a mammography report to notify patients, under certain conditions, of potential problems associated with dense breast tissue.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-285, SB174, amends Sections 41-9-1020, 41-9-1021, 41-9-1022, 41-9-1023, 41-9-1024, 41-9-1025, 41-9-1027, 41-9-1028, 41-9-1029, 41-9-1030, 41-9-1031, 41-9-1032, 41-9-1033, 41-9-1034, 41-9-1035, 41-9-1036, 41-9-1037, and 41-9-1038, Code of Alabama 1975, to change the name of the Alabama Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts Act to the Alabama Boxing, Wrestling, and Mixed Martial Arts Act and to provide certain definitions. The act authorizes the Alabama Athletic Commission to regulate professional wrestling and tough man contests in the same manner as boxing and mixed martial arts. The act revises the membership of the commission by adding an additional member. The act authorizes the commission to swear out a warrant of arrest against a person violating the criminal provisions of the act and provides limited immunity to the commission for any damages attributed to the arrest or detention.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 22, 2013.

Act 2013-286, SB247, transfers the Farmers’ Market Authority to the Department of Agriculture and Industries and provides for the operation, organization, and duties of the authority. The act also authorizes the authority to issue bonds. The act repeals Chapter 5 of Title 2, comprised of Sections 2-5-1 to 2-5-17, inclusive, and Sections 2-5-30 to 2-5-39, inclusive, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the existing Farmers’ Market Authority.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-287, SB258, is the Amiyah White Act. The act prohibits child and incapacitated person day care providers from leaving a child or incapacitated person unattended in a motor vehicle in a manner that creates an unreasonable risk of injury. The act provides criminal penalties for violations.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-288, SB383, authorizes a local board of education to allow persons employed as school personnel or school resource officers to carry firearms while on duty if the person is certified by the Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission and satisfies other requirements. The act amends Section 13A-11-72, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to who may possess weapons in certain locations, to provide an exception to allow qualified school security personnel and school resource officers to carry weapons on the premises of a public school.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 22, 2013.

Act 2013-289, SB287, provides for the transfer of up to $50,000,000 of certain tobacco settlement revenues to the State General Fund in fiscal year 2013. The act provides that $1,000,000 of these funds is appropriated to the University of South Alabama in fiscal year 2013, in partial satisfaction of the sum due to the university pursuant to the December 20, 1999, tobacco litigation settlement.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 22, 2013.

Act 2013-290, SB133, is the Law Enforcement Information Act. The act amends Section 22-52-10.8, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to involuntary commitments for inpatient health treatment, to eliminate the requirement that dangerous use of weapons evidence must be produced specifically by a law enforcement officer. The act provides that a person may be committed if he or she has threatened to use firearms or other dangerous weapons inappropriately. The act also authorizes the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Commission to provide a probate judge with access to ACJIC information systems for the purpose of involuntary commitment hearings, petitions to change names, and other official functions of the probate judge.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 22, 2013.

Act 2013-295, HB19, substantially repeals Act 2012-313, of the 2012 Regular Session, relating to ad valorem tax exemptions on homesteads and principal residences, retaining only certain amendments to Section 40-9-21, Code of Alabama, 1975, increasing the maximum net income for federal income tax purposes for a person 65 years of age or over claiming an exemption and specifying that the Department of Revenue may provide for other appropriate evidence other than a tax return to claim the exemption. The act amends Sections 40-9-19, 40-9-21, and 40-9-21.1, Code of Alabama 1975, to restore existing law prior to Act 2012-313, retroactive to August 1, 2012. The act also makes it a crime to give false information to claim a homestead.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 22, 2013.

Act 2013-305, HB14, is the Joel Willmore Act. The act amends Section 14-3-58, Code of Alabama 1975, to require penal facilities to notify the Governor, the Department of Public Safety, various local law enforcement agencies, and certain electronic media outlets upon the escape of an inmate. The act also requires the Department of Corrections and the penal facility to post a notification of the escape and related information on its website, if available.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-306, SB172, is the Alabama Private Investigation Regulatory Act. The act creates the Alabama Private Investigation Board to regulate and license the practice of private investigation. The act establishes criminal penalties for acting as a private investigator without first obtaining a license from the board. The act creates a Division of Investigation within the board to act as the board’s official investigative agency. The act establishes the Alabama Private Investigation Board Fund and provides an appropriation to the board. The act also provides that the board is subject to the provisions of the Alabama Sunset Law of 1981.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-307, SB29, is the Protecting Alabama’s Elders Act. The act creates the crimes of financial exploitation of an elderly person and elder abuse and neglect in the first, second, and third degrees. The act provides that a prosecution for financial exploitation of an elderly person in any degree must be commenced within seven years after the commission of the offense. The act also provides limited immunity for persons or entities reporting or investigating any report of abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation of an elderly person.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-308, SB214, amends Section 11-43-50, Code of Alabama 1975, to authorize the presiding officer of a municipal governing body with a Mayor/Council form of government to cancel a meeting due to an anticipated lack of a quorum.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 24, 2013.

Act 2013-309, SB215, amends Sections 34-39-3, 34-39-4, 34-39-5, 34-39-6, 34-39-7, 34-39-8, 34-39-11, and 34-39-16, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Alabama State Occupational Therapy Practice Act, to revise the definition of occupational therapy. The act includes certain licensed assistants to physicians, certain licensed certified registered nurse practitioners, and licensed psychologists among those permitted to refer a patient for occupational therapy treatment. The act exempts occupational therapists performing services in a wellness or community setting from the referral requirement and allows a licensee to include academic credentials with license acronyms. The act increases the number of terms a member of the Alabama Board of Occupational Therapy may serve and authorizes the board to employ an executive director. The act also revises certain educational requirements of occupational therapists and assistants and provides for the revocation of an active limited permit upon failure of the examination.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-310, SB60, is the Educational Accountability and Intervention Act of 2013. The act authorizes the State Board of Education, through the State Superintendent of Education, to exercise direct control over the decision making and operational functions of city and county boards of education through educational intervention. The act establishes terms and conditions governing the exercise of intervention authority, the roles and responsibilities of city and county board of education officials under intervention, and the rights of employees of boards of education under intervention.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 24, 2013.

Act 2013-311, SB445, amends Sections 17-5-2, 17-5-5, 17-5-7, 17-5-8, 17-5-8.2, 17-5-9, 17-5-12, 17-5-14, 17-5-15, 17-5-15.1, 17-5-16, and 17-5-19, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Fair Campaign Practices Act. The act lowers the contribution threshold amounts at which a person becomes a candidate for purposes of campaign finance reporting requirements; allows designated filing agents to file reports; and modifies the legislative session prohibitions on fundraising to apply to legislative and statewide candidates. The act clarifies allowable spending amounts for political party dinners and functions, changes the deadlines for reports, and revises certain corporate contribution restrictions. The act also clarifies the entities subject to the ban on PAC to PAC transfers to provide that private foundations may make non-political donations to other private foundations. The act transfers certain campaign enforcement provisions from Chapter 17 of Title 17 to Chapter 5 of Title 17, Code of Alabama 1975, and provides further for venue of campaign violation prosecutions. The act further provides for the regulation of legislative caucus organizations and provides for the return or refund of contributions. The act also moves certain statutory provisions relating to corporate contributions from Title 10A to Title 17, Code of Alabama 1975. The act also repeals Sections 10A-21-1.01 to 10A-21-1.04, inclusive, relating to corporate political contributions, and Section 17-5-18, relating to the failure to file a campaign statement or report, and Section 17-17-35, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to penalties for violations of the Fair Campaign Practices Act.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-312, SB201, amends Section 25-4-78, Code of Alabama 1975, to specify, effective October 21, 2013, the circumstances under which the unemployment compensation account of an employer may be charged for overpayment of unemployment compensation made to a claimant.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-329, HB91, amends Sections 16-1-44 and 36-19-10, Code of Alabama 1975, to require the inclusion of a code red school safety plan in the comprehensive school safety plan to address events involving acts of violence or the threat of violence. The act designates safety, security, severe weather, fire, and code red drills collectively as emergency drills and provides for the designation of a code red safety alert level for a school experiencing perceived immediate threats of violence. The act provides for code red school safety drills at the beginning of each school semester and requires emergency drills at least once each month in K-12 educational institutions.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 24, 2013.

Act 2013-330, HB92, creates the Alabama First Responder Wireless Commission for the purpose of ensuring effective communication services for law enforcement, fire and rescue services, and public health and emergency support personnel when responding to emergencies. The act requires the commission to implement and operate a statewide wireless communication system to be used by emergency first responders. The act creates the First Responders Wireless Commission Fund to be used for expenses incurred by the commission and to be administered by the Alabama Department of Homeland Security, with expenditures approved by the commission.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-331, HB123, amends Sections 16-64-2 and 16-64-4, Code of Alabama 1975, to further define a resident student for tuition purposes at two-year and four-year institutions of higher education as a person in a program or taking courses within an interstate consortium of colleges or universities that offer reciprocal resident tuition to residents of Alabama in the programs or courses at institutions that in Alabama offer a program that offers tuition at the same rate for all students in the program. The act also authorizes the governing boards of four-year institutions to set tuition rates for distance learning students and the Chancellor of the Department of Postsecondary Education to set tuition rates for distance learning students at two-year institutions.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-332, HB144, amends Section 24-1-32, Code of Alabama 1975, to provide that housing authority bonds shall bear interest at a rate or rates payable at the time or times provided by the terms of the resolution or its trust indenture or mortgage. The act also provides that the bonds must be sold by public or private sale as determined by the housing authority and that any public sale of bonds must be conducted after proper notice is published in certain newspapers or posted electronically on a website or other electronic means at least 10 days prior to the sale.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-333, HB175, amends Section 40-23-1, Code of Alabama 1975, to remove the state sales tax exemption for ophthalmic materials, as defined. The act also specifies that when the ophthalmic materials are purchased by a consumer covered by a third party benefit plan, including Medicare, the sales tax will be applicable to the amount reimbursed by the third party benefit plan plus the amount the consumer pays at the time of the sale.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 24, 2013.

Act 2013-334, HB251, amends Section 11-88-1, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to water, sewer, and fire protection authorities, to expand the definition of “fire protective service” to include additional activities such as testing or drilling for water. The act also specifies that the definition does not apply to a public corporation organized under Chapter 88 of Title 11, Code of Alabama 1975, which does not provide fire protection services.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 24, 2013.

Act 2013-335, HB267, amends Section 36-29-14, Code of Alabama 1975, to authorize the Alabama Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers and its member Children’s Advocacy Centers to elect to participate in health insurance coverage under the State Employees’ Insurance Board without liability to the state or to the State Employees’ Insurance Plan.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 24, 2013.

Act 2013-336, HB394, amends Sections 19-3A-102, 19-3A-103, 19-3A-104, and 19-3A-409, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Alabama Principal and Income Act, to make the law consistent with new federal law authorizing unitrusts. The act authorizes the conversion of trusts to unitrusts and clarifies that the Alabama Trust Code applies to the Alabama Principal and Income Act.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-337, HB399, amends Section 7-4A-108, Code of Alabama 1975, to specify that Article 4A of the Uniform Commercial Code applies to remittance transfers as defined in the federal Electronic Fund Transfer Act, unless the remittance transfer is an electronic fund transfer as defined by the Electronic Fund Transfer Act.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-338, HB403, amends Sections 10A-1-5.03, 10A-1-5.04, 10A-1-5.11, 10A-1-5.12, 10A-1-5.14, and 10A-1-5.15, Code of Alabama 1975, to require name reservations for all foreign and domestic business entities and to combine the name registration process for foreign business entities and domestic business entities. The act also extends the effective date for name reservations, and exempts corporations incorporated before January 1, 1981, from the requirement that the business name contain the word “corporate” or “incorporated.” The act also repeals Sections 10A-1-5.21, 10A-1-5.22, 10A-1-5.23, 10A-1-5.24, and 10A-1-5.25, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the registration of business entity names.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-345, HB517, authorizes the Alabama Public School and College Authority to issue up to $30,000,000 in additional bonds to be distributed as follows: (1) $15,000,000 to the Mobile County School System to pay for capital improvements to Murphy High School for damage caused by a tornado on December 25, 2012; and (2) $15,000,000 to the State Department of Education to be distributed to five enumerated local schools for capital improvements for damage caused by tornadoes on April 27, 2011.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 24, 2013.

Act 2013-347, HB105, is the Charles “Chuck” Poland, Jr. Act. The act creates the crime of trespass on a school bus in the first degree, a Class A misdemeanor. The act provides that a person is guilty of the crime if he or she intentionally demolishes, destroys, or otherwise damages a public school bus, enters a school bus while the door is open to load or unload students without a lawful purpose, as an occupant of the school bus, refuses to leave the bus on demand of the driver, or intentionally impedes or delays a school bus with the intent to commit a crime therein. Certain provisions of the act do not apply to a child less than 12 years of age or to certain authorized school personnel.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-348, HB204, provides civil penalties for anchoring, mooring, or abandoning a floating pier, barge, or vessel or sunken or submerged pier, barge, or vessel that obstructs navigation on public waters. The act does not apply to public waters used primarily for agricultural, industrial, power generation, public water supply, and sanitation purposes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-349, HB232, amends Sections 34-27C-3, 34-27C-4, 34-27C-7, 34-27C-14, and 34-27C-17, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Alabama Security Regulatory Board, to authorize the operation of out-of-state security companies in the state upon the declaration of a state emergency by the Governor. The act further provides for criminal history background checks for applicants providing security services in this state and increases security license fees for contract security companies requesting or renewing a license. The act also provides that any final action by the board may be appealed to the Circuit Court of Montgomery County.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-350, HB338, allows discharged military service members to receive academic credit for military education, training, and experience when applying for a license issued by a state board or agency. The act requires each board of a state public educational institution, community college, or technical school to adopt a policy requiring the award of academic credit for certain military training and education. The act also provides that a license of a service member will remain in good standing for a specified time, with certain exemptions, while the member is deployed, and facilitates renewal of the license upon return from deployment.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 24, 2013.

Act 2013-351, HB361, creates the Shellfish Aquaculture Review Board to develop an oyster aquaculture program for the leasing of submerged coastal lands to cultivate and harvest oysters for commercial purposes. The act also authorizes the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to implement the leasing program.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 24, 2013.

Act 2013-352, HB529, amends Sections 5-2A-8, 5-3A-1, 5-3A-3, and 5-3A-11, Code of Alabama 1975, to further provide for the examination by the State Banking Department of banks, bank holding companies, or bank-related entities, such as bank services companies.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 24, 2013.

Act 2013-353, HB648, authorizes the governing body of any municipality to establish or abolish a pretrial diversion program for the municipality, including the assessment and collection of fees for the administration of the program. The act provides that the program would be under the supervision of the presiding judge for the municipality pursuant to any rules and regulations adopted by the municipal governing body. The act also provides limited immunity to the municipality and its officers and employees for any conduct of any offender while participating in the program and for any injury or harm to the offender while participating in the program.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 24, 2013.

Act 2013-354, HB262, amends Section 13A-5-42, Code of Alabama 1975, to limit the state’s existing requirement of proving a defendant’s guilt, notwithstanding the defendant’s guilty plea, to cases in which the death penalty is to be imposed.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-355, HB396, is the Alabama Uniform Collaborative Law Act. The act provides for resolution of certain family law matters through a collaborative law process and provides requirements for the process for participating attorneys. The act provides for a collaborative law participation agreement and authorizes certain tribunals to issue emergency orders to protect the interests of a party or child of a party. The act also provides for the confidentiality of certain communications made during the collaborative process.

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2014.

Act 2013-357, HB459, amends Section 25-7-5, Code of Alabama 1975, to remove the requirement that a labor organization pay a fee of $2 to the Commissioner of Labor upon the filing of its annual report.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-361, HB494, authorizes any district attorney in the state without a local act to establish a discretionary pretrial diversion program. The act sets basic operating standards for the program and establishes fees for participation in the program. The act authorizes counties with existing programs established prior to May 23, 2013, to adopt the act in its entirety or portions of the act. The act authorizes a district attorney to form a Citizens Justice Advisory Board for Pretrial Diversion to assist the district attorney in determining appropriate candidates for the program. The act also requires the Office of Prosecution Services to develop a pretrial diversion offender database to include certain identifying information of the offender, information regarding the offense and agreed upon disposition of the offense, and any information related to the termination of the offender from the program, if applicable.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 24, 2013.

Act 2013-366, HB546, amends Sections 38-9B-2, 38-9B-3, 38-9B-5, 38-9B-6, and 38-9B-7, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Alabama Family Trust, to delete the definition of “donor,” and replace references to “donor” with the newly defined term “settlor” or “contributor” and to modify and delete additional defined terms. The act also makes conforming changes throughout these sections. This bill provides for reimbursement upon the death of a life beneficiary to other states and jurisdictions for any public benefits or assistance provided to that beneficiary. It also replaces the specific uses of trust funds for the beneficiary with the more general requirement that funds be used for benefits in the best interest of the life beneficiary.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-367, HB1, is Caylee’s Law. The act requires a child’s custodian to report to a law enforcement agency that the child is missing when the child’s whereabouts are unknown under certain conditions and creates criminal penalties for first and second degree violations. The act also provides that it is a defense to a prosecution under this act if the custodian made reasonably diligent efforts to verify the whereabouts and safety of the child during the delay in reporting.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-368, HB7, amends Section 16-5-10, Code of Alabama 1975, to require the Alabama Commission on Higher Education to establish a programmatic review fee schedule not exceeding $15,000 per non-Alabama institution of postsecondary education and provide for the collection of fees from the institution.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 24, 2013.

Act 2013-369, HB27, amends Section 13A-11-14, Code of Alabama 1975, to enhance penalties for the crime of cruelty to animals and to establish the crime of aggravated cruelty to animals, a Class C felony.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-370, HB47, amends Section 40-10-28, Code of Alabama 1975, to provide that only a person or entity who has redeemed property sold at a tax sale may receive the excess paid by a tax sale purchaser. The act requires that the excess be held in escrow in the county treasury for three years until proper application is made and provides that, upon the conclusion of the three-year period, the excess, including any interest earned, be paid into the county general fund for use by the county within 10 years. The act also provides that during the 10 years after the tax sale, the county would be required to pay the excess, less interest, to a person who or entity that redeemed the property.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-371, HB184, creates a new Chapter 7B, Title 34, Code of Alabama 1975, to provide for the regulation of cosmetologists, barbers, estheticians, manicurists, and natural hairstylists and their shops and schools by the Alabama Board of Cosmetology and Barbering. The act repeals Chapter 7A, Title 34, commencing with Section 34-7A-1, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Alabama Board of Cosmetology. The act provides for the transition of the membership of the Alabama Board of Cosmetology to the Alabama Board of Cosmetology and Barbering replacing two cosmetology members with two barber members, authorizes the Governor to appoint the executive director of the board, and provides for the powers and duties of the board.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-372, HB261, amends Sections 40-17-174, 40-17-322, 40-17-329, 40-17-340, and 40-17-362, Code of Alabama 1975, to exempt exported gallons of oil transmix from the Alabama Wholesale Oil License Fee. The act clarifies certain defined terms and defines additional terms. The act also exempts K-1 kerosene and aviation jet fuel refined in this state for immediate export from the state motor fuel tax.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-373, HB323, amends Sections 11-99A-9, 11-99A-11, 11-99A-13, 11-99A-17, 11-99A-21, 11-99A-30, 11-99A-42, and 11-99A-43, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Alabama Improvement District Act, to further provide for the terms of office of the board of directors of an improvement district. The act also clarifies the procedure for the assessment of lands within a district and that the procedure only applies to the lands actually assessed. The act exempts from assessment any land owned or used by a utility in connection with the distribution, transmission, or generation of electric power. The act provides for temporary construction financing of improvements by an improvement district. The act also validates any previous formation and incorporation of an improvement district, unless the formation has been directly challenged in court. The act states it is intended to clarify existing provisions of law and is intended to apply retroactively.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 24, 2013.

Act 2013-374, HB407, amends Section 9-12-113, Code of Alabama 1975, to specify the type of activity that requires the purchase of a commercial fishing license.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-375, HB507, amends Sections 12-3-5, 36-2-4, 37-1-3, and 37-1-9, Code of Alabama 1975, to remove the requirement that the judges of the appellate courts must reside in the City of Montgomery during terms of court and the requirement that certain public officials reside at or near the City of Montgomery. The act also removes the prohibition on electing or appointing members of the Public Service Commission from the same congressional district.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 24, 2013.

Act 2013-376, HB523, amends Sections 5.01 and 5.02, as amended by Act 792, 1973 Regular Session (Acts 1973, p. 1206), and Sections 5.08 and 5.10 of Act 452 of the 1955 Regular Session (Acts 1955, p. 1004), providing a mayor-council form of government for Class 1 municipalities (Birmingham), to authorize the municipality to adopt a fiscal year that begins on October 1 and ends on September 30 and to provide for the transition to the new fiscal year. The act also amends the deadlines for submission of the budget proposal by the mayor and adoption of the general fund budget by the council if the council adopts a fiscal year that begins on October 1. The act requires certain notification and publication in a newspaper of a hearing on the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year and confirms and ratifies action taken prior to May 23, 2013, by a Class 1 municipality in publishing notices in a newspaper that is not published daily.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 24, 2013.

Act 2013-381, HB102, is the 21st Century Workforce Act. The act authorizes the Alabama Public School and College Authority to issue up to $50,000,000 in additional bonds to provide funds for career and technical education equipment for local boards of education. The act makes an appropriation and pledge for payment of the principal of and interest on the bonds from specific taxes necessary to pay principal and interest at their respective maturities, and allows the authority to pledge for payment of the bonds the funds that are appropriated and pledged. The act creates the 21st Century Workforce Fund and the 21st Century Workforce Grant Committee to allocate funds deposited into the fund. The act also authorizes the authority to reimburse the Department of Finance and the State Treasurer’s Office for costs incurred in providing services to the authority.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 24, 2013.

Act 2013-382, HB269, amends Section 28-3A-17.1, Code of Alabama 1975, to provide that the governing body of a Class 1, Class 3, Class 4, or Class 5 municipality or the governing body of any municipality located 15 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico may establish up to five entertainment districts within its corporate limits. The act also authorizes the governing body of a Class 8 municipality that is located in a county with a Class 3 municipality to establish two entertainment districts within its corporate limits.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-383, HB286, amends Sections 28-11-2 and 28-11-13, Code of Alabama 1975, to prohibit the sale, use, possession, and transportation of alternative nicotine products, as defined by the act, by a minor and requires notification of a parent of a minor who is cited for any violation.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-384, HB339, is the Alabama Aquatic Plant Management Act. The act creates the Alabama Board for Aquatic Plant Management for the management, stewardship, and treatment of aquatic plants in the waters of the Tennessee River. The act also establishes the Aquatic Plant Management Fund and authorizes the board to expend money in the fund through grants or contracts to entities appropriate for aquatic plant management projects and for other related purposes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-386, HB544, amends Sections 34-26-21, 34-26-22, 34-26-41, 34-26-42, 34-26-43, 34-26-43.1, 34-26-44, 34-26-46, and 34-26-47, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the practice of psychology, to revise the membership of the Board of Examiners in Psychology and to further provide for renewal and licensing fees paid by psychologists and psychological technicians. The act modifies continuing education requirements, provides for licensing mobility, and temporary and emergency disaster licensing. The act increases the penalties for the unauthorized practice of psychology and provides civil remedies for the enjoinment of violations of the act. The act also requires the payment of a background check fee and further provides for the complaint process and hearings for alleged violations of the act. The act repeals Section 34-26-45, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the waiver of examination for certain persons licensed in other states. The act also subjects the Board of Examiners in Psychology to the Alabama Sunset Law.

EFFECTIVE DATE: February 1, 2014.

Act 2013-396, HB54, amends Section 14-1-19, Code of Alabama 1975, to authorize pharmacies operated in county jails to redispense unused prescription drugs under certain conditions.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 24, 2013.

Act 2013-397, HB142, amends Sections 27-12A-2 and 27-27-26, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to insurance, to modify the elements of insurance fraud by deleting certain activity and providing that overcharging an insurer or insured an amount for a good or service that exceeds the usual and customary charge as part of an insurance claim constitutes insurance fraud. The act also corrects a mistake in a prior amendment of Section 27-27-26, Code of Alabama 1975.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 24, 2013.

Act 2013-398, HB215, amends Sections, 32-6-58, 32-6-64, 32-6-67, 32-6-68, 32-6-111.2, 32-6-270, 32-6-272, and 32-7A-17, Code of Alabama 1975, to distribute the net proceeds from the sale of National Guard license plates to the National Guard Foundation for specified purposes. The act also authorizes the Commissioner of Revenue to prescribe the manner in which persons make application and remit funds for the commitment to purchase process for specialty license plates. The act provides that a sponsoring organization that fails to achieve the required number of commitments may not submit another application for one year, authorizes the Legislative Oversight Committee on License Plates to consider certain plate applications for the creation of license plate categories for motorcycles, and provides procedures addressing when a sponsoring organization seeks both motorcycle and passenger car license plates. The act authorizes the approval of distinctive license plates for out-of-state colleges and universities by the committee after receiving the requisite commitments to purchase. The act provides that volunteer firefighters who retired in another state may obtain a distinctive firefighter motor vehicle tag. The act provides for the issuance of a distinctive law enforcement memorial license plate. The act deletes the specific weight reference and generally requires an applicant to furnish proof of payment of any federal heavy vehicle excess tax on certain vehicles prior to the licensing official issuing, transferring, or renewing a motor vehicle registration and license plate. The act also further provides for the required information for renewal of registration when the registration contains multiple individuals or entities listed on the registration. The act repeals Section 40-12-267, Code of Alabama 1975, related to expiration dates of licenses issued.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Sections 1 and 2 of the act are effective January 1, 2014, and Sections 3 and 4 of the act are effective May 24, 2013.

Act 2013-399, HB227, is the Transparency in Private Attorney Contracts Act. The act amends Section 41-16-72, Code of Alabama 1975, to regulate contingency fee contracts between state agencies and private attorneys representing the state in litigation. The act prohibits the state from entering into a contingency fee contract with any attorney or law firm unless the contracting agency makes a written determination with specific findings prior to executing the contract that contingency fee representation is both cost-effective and in the public interest. The act also prohibits the state from entering into a contingency fee contract for the private attorney to receive an aggregate contingency fee, exclusive of expenses, in excess of incremental percentages of specified amounts of recovery and provides that the aggregate fee paid to contingency fee counsel may not exceed $75,000,000 per action. The act authorizes the Attorney General to seek a waiver of the contingency fee limitations from the Governor regarding issues affecting public health, safety, convenience, or economic welfare of the state. The act also requires government attorney participation or oversight of contingency fee attorney services, requires the Attorney General to develop a standard addendum to contingency fee contracts detailing expectations, and requires certain recordkeeping by the private attorney. The act applies to contracts executed on or after August 1, 2013.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-400, HB249, amends Section 32-5A-58.2, Code of Alabama 1975, the Alabama Move Over Act, to include garbage, trash, refuse, or recycling collection vehicles in the type of vehicles on the roadside which the driver of another motor vehicle is required to move over or slow down when approaching. The act also requires drivers to yield the right-of-way to these vehicles.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-401, HB335, provides immunity to a professional firm issued a certificate of authorization by the Alabama State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors and its employees that provide construction monitoring services on behalf of an awarding authority of a public contract relating to the construction of and related work on any public or private infrastructure from any damage, personal injury, or death resulting from those services. The act provides that the immunity does not extend to the design or preparation of engineering plans and specifications for a public or private infrastructure.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 24, 2013.

Act 2013-402, HB514, amends Section 40-17-362, Code of Alabama 1975, to allow the proceeds of the four-cent excise tax on gasoline and lubricating oil to be distributed to counties for vegetation management, excluding the purchase of herbicides, on the rights-of-way of county roads. The act repeals Section 40-17-224, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the use of net tax proceeds for highway purposes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-413, HB97, amends Section 9-3-18, Code of Alabama 1975, to authorize state and local governmental entities to donate funds, equipment, property, and other things of value to organized search or rescue squads.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-414, HB337, amends Sections 34-24-121, 34-24-123, 34-24-140, 34-24-143, 34-24-160, 34-24-161, 34-24-165, 34-24-166, 34-24-168, 34-24-170, 34-24-172, 34-24-175, and 34-24-176, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Board of Chiropractic Examiners, to revise various provisions of law relating to the practice and licensing of chiropractors and permitting of chiropractic clinics by the Board of Chiropractic Examiners. The act clarifies provisions regarding compliance with advertising rules for permit holders. The act requires clinic permit applicants to pass an examination. The act revises the membership of the Board of Chiropractic Examiners by adding an at-large member and authorizes the board to issue subpoenas. The act requires applicants for licensure and reinstatement to provide sets of fingerprints for criminal history background check purposes. The act provides for certification for specialized areas of practice and further provides for disciplinary action for violations of the act. The act also provides for an application process for licensure based on the credentials of a chiropractor licensed in another state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-420, HB109, adopts the Health Care Compact to return the authority to regulate health care to the member states of the compact. The act also establishes an Interstate Advisory Health Commission to study issues of health care regulation that are of particular concern to the state by collecting information and data.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon the consent of Congress.

Act 2013-421, HB259, provides criminal penalties for harassing, interfering, or attempting to interfere with the duties of a police animal, search and rescue animal, or its handler. The act provides criminal penalties for assaulting or injuring, or causing or attempting to cause the death or theft of a police or search and rescue animal. The act provides criminal penalties for entering the animal’s containment area, introducing a substance into the animal’s containment area, or releasing an animal without consent of the handler. The act also provides criminal penalties for the owner or keeper of a dog who fails to reasonably restrain his or her dog or other animal from taunting, tormenting, chasing, or attempting to attack a police or search and rescue animal. The act provides that an offender may be required to pay restitution to the owner of the animal, including specified expenses such as veterinary expenses, replacements costs, and the salary of the handler during the period of lost services. The act also repeals Section 13A-11-15, Code of Alabama 1975, the current statute providing criminal penalties for the killing of a dog used by a peace officer.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-422, HB292, is the Colonel Mike Sullivan Act. The act amends Sections 34-25A-3, 34-25A-4, 34-25A-5, 34-25A-7, and 34-25A-11, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the State Board of Prosthetists and Orthotists, to revise certain definitions, include a definition of “orthotic fitter,” and provide that orthotic fitters and therapeutic shoe fitters are subject to licensure and regulation by the board. The act prohibits a person licensed by the board from providing services to a patient unless he or she is in the physical presence of the patient. The act also provides for abbreviated licensure titles for orthotic fitters and licensed therapeutic shoe fitters and conforms other abbreviated licensure titles in the act.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-423, HB424, amends Section 16-64-2, Code of Alabama 1975, to require that certain active duty service members of the National Guard or the Armed Forces of the United States and their spouses and dependents, as well as certain in-state and out-of state veterans, be considered resident students for tuition purposes at public institutions of higher education. The act also provides residency status for a full-time undergraduate student enrolled at an institution whose board of trustees has authorized resident tuition rates to apply to non-resident students receiving a partial or full scholarship.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 24, 2013.

Act 2013-424, HB455, amends Sections 11-99-1 and 11-99-2, Code of Alabama 1975, as amended by Act 2013-51, 2013 Regular Session, to authorize governing bodies of counties to designate qualifying large contiguous tracts of underutilized real property as Major 21st Century Manufacturing Zones. The act also amends Section 7 of Act 2013-51 to modify the effective date of the act. See also Act 2013-51.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 24, 2013.

Act 2013-442, HB37, exempts food pantries in Talladega County which distribute food for charitable purposes from all state, county, and municipal sales and use taxes if the food pantry has Section 501(c)(3) status and pays no person any salary or expenses for the performance of any of the duties related to the charitable operations.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1, 2013.

Act 2013-443, SB240, exempts items used for the treatment of illness or injury or to replace all or part of a limb or internal body part purchased by or on behalf of an individual pursuant to a valid prescription and covered by and billed to a third party payer from state, county, and municipal sales and use taxes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2014.