Republican lawmakers stated a prime precedence will probably be laws to protect firms and others from civil legal responsibility through the COVID-19 pandemic. SB 30 by Republican Sen. Arthur Orr would offer immunity for companies, well being care suppliers and others from sure damages claimed by people who allege that they contracted or have been uncovered to the virus. The invoice is anticipated to be debated within the first weeks of the session together with one other to exempt federal coronavirus aid funds from state earnings tax, and a invoice to resume industrial incentives.
Alabama lawmakers must draw new congressional districts following the 2020 Census. Alabama anticipated to be taught this spring if the state will lose one in every of its seven congressional seats due to inhabitants modifications. If that occurs, it should spark the troublesome job of deciding which district to remove and methods to consolidate the remaining ones. Many lawmakers anticipate the difficulty will probably be addressed in a particular session later this yr.
Republican Sen. Tim Melson has launched medical marijuana laws, SB 46, to permit individuals with a qualifying medical situation to buy marijuana, in varieties comparable to gels or tablets, for medical use from licensed dispensaries. An identical invoice cleared the Senate final yr with a 22-10 vote however didn’t get debated within the Home of Representatives.