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Here's a look at what's happening in the Legislature
Rep. Jack Williams (Birmingham) has introduced HB360, a bill that would prohibit local governments from requiring that private employers grant vacation and other leave to employees. HB360 passed out of committee this week on a vote of 6-0. On the 2008 NFIB/Alabama Member Ballot, 84 percent of small-business owners opposed requiring mandatory leave to employees.
HB108 sponsored by House Speaker Mike Hubbard (Auburn) and Rep. Greg Wren (Montgomery) passed a key Senate Committee. The legislation would simplify the process for filing personal property tax returns with a process for filing online with a shorten form available to small businesses who have less than $10,000 in business personal property tax. NFIB supports the legislation.
SB127 by Sen. Gerald Dial (Lineville) calls for a state constitutional amendment confirming Alabama's status as a right-to-work state, meaning employees would not be required to join a union in order to get a job. NFIB supports the legislation.