Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard kicked off the 2013 legislative session on Tuesday (Feb. 5) by briefing the Business Council of Alabama's Governmental Affairs Committee. Hubbard, R-Auburn, said the House in 2012 pushed a job-creation, job-growth agenda along with resisting certain mandates from Washington, D.C.
"We have in the Legislature a pro private-sector oriented Legislature that (knows) we have to maintain a pro-business climate and we're going to continue that," Hubbard said. "I believe Alabama taxpayers deserve to have the strongest economy possible."
Hubbard said the first bill that will be pushed is a measure by Rep. Jay Love, R-Montgomery, requiring repayment of $437 million that voters in 2012 approved taking from the Alabama Trust Fund to prop up the ailing General Fund.
The BCA supports HB 94, the trust fund repayment bill, by Rep. Jay Love, R-Montgomery.
Hubbard said the agenda includes the 21st Workforce Act that will strengthen career-technical education to help prepare future employees for non-college careers.
Also on the House agenda is the Local Control School Flexibility Act of 2013 that would allow public schools to seek waivers from certain state regulations in order to improve student learning.
SB 54 sponsored by Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, and HB 84 sponsored by Rep. Chad Fincher, R-Semmes, are the Local Control School Flexibility measures. The BCA supports them.
The Red Tape Reduction Act would require review of any proposed new regulation that could stifle job creation. "We're going to try to give you some relief with the Red Tape Reduction Act," Hubbard said.
Hubbard said the House and Senate are intent on reducing spending partly by consolidations many of the 22 separate public safety and state police functions.
Watch highlights from Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard speaking to the Business Council of Alabama on the first day of the 2013 legislative session. This is the first in a series of Tuesday Morning Legislative Leadership Committee Meetings.