County Engineering Legislation

HB 7 by Steve Hurst
This bill would authorize the appointment of alternate election officials pursuant to local law.

HB 9 by Wes Long
This bill would provide for contractor liability when the contractor is working on a government project. As introduced, it violates ACCA policy calling for counties to have the same protection.

HB 11 by Rod Scott
This bill would allow municipalities to annex “islands” of unincorporated land that are encircled by the municipality.

HB 13 by Jack Williams
SB 68 by Jimmy Holley

This bill would allow local governments to purchase goods and services through Government Services Administration vendors without further competitive bidding. It would also specify that life-cycle costs may be considered in determining the low bid for water and sewer public works projects. It also allows life-cycle costs for “fixtures.”

HB 14 by Marcel Black
SB 71 by Scott Beason

This bill would validate any annexations prior to its effective date. It contains the Association’s language about municipalities assuming responsibility for annexed roads.

HB 43 by Howard Sanderford
This bill is the regular sunset law review for the Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

HB 50 by Greg Canfield
SB 80 by Del Marsh
This bill would regulate coal ash.

HB 59 by Barry Mask
This bill would repeal the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP).

HB 106 by Steve Clouse
This bill would remove the minimum penalty the Alabama Department of Environmental Management can charge and caps the penalty for each violation at $25,000.

HB 110 by Ron Johnson
This bill would provide that an operator of underground facilities that chooses not to participate in the one-call notification system is responsible for damages to its facilities.

HB143 by Alan Baker
This bill would change the approval process on landfills to require a local governing body to approve an application within 90 days or it would be automatically denied.

HB 162 by Steve McMillan
SB 169 by Arthur Orr
This bill would provide that if the county has adopted subdivision regulations to apply in the unincorporated areas of the county, the county will be responsible for enforcing those regulations within the municipal planning commission’s jurisdiction unless there is a written agreement between the county and the municipal planning commission authorizing the municipal planning commission to assume responsibility.

HB 189 by Greg Wren
This bill would make technical changes to the functions of the State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

HB 198 by Chad Fincher
SB123 by Tom Whatley

This bill would prohibit counties and municipalities from regulating fertilizers, with exceptions.

HB 207 by Patricia Todd
This constitutional amendment, if approved in a statewide vote, would require that a minimum of 10 percent of fuel tax receipts be used for public transit projects.

HB 231 by Alan Baker
Regarding landfill applications, this bill would give the regional planning commissions 180 days to issue a statement of consistency or the application is deemed denied.

HB 250 by Wes Long
SB 306 by Clay Scofield

This bill would create legal immunity for contractors working on government projects.

HB 342 by Joe Faust
This bill would require the Department of Transportation to plan roads considering all users (pedestrians, bicycles, etc.).

HB 351 by Richard Laird
This bill would abolish adverse possession of land.

HB 406 by Alan Baker
This bill would prohibit new garbage dumps for 24 months.

HB 411 by Bill Roberts
This bill would require that the state pay its contracts within 30 days or interest is charged.

HB 446 by Randy Wood
This bill would require an affidavit of merit to sue and engineer or architect.

HB 469 by Barry Mask
This bill would prohibit construction of a toll bridge within a mile of another toll bridge.

SB 19 by Cam Ward
The bill removes a prohibition that prevents municipalities under 19,000 residents from enforcing speed limits on interstates.

SB 33 by Gerald Dial
The bill removes a prohibition that prevents municipalities under 19,000 residents from enforcing speed limits on interstates. It would also allow municipal law enforcement officers to enforce speed limits within the police jurisdiction.

SB59 by Cam Ward
HB132 by Greg Canfield

This bill would reduce the statute of limitations for engineers, architects and builders from 13 years to four years.

SB 72 by Del Marsh
This bill would prohibit new enrollments in the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) after April 1, 2011, and it would limit interest on DROP accounts.

SB 73 by Scott Beason
HB 105 by Jim McClendon
This bill would allow tow trucks to be licensed based on their weight without regard to the weight they can tow.

SB 79 by Del Marsh
This bill would allow the county commission to call for a local referendum authorizing the county commission to levy a local gas or fuel tax of up to 5 cents per gallon for specific county road and bridge projects identified by the county commission prior to the referendum. The legislation contains several parameters for levying the tax and establishing projects, outlines possible uses of funds, and allows for referendums renewing the tax upon completion of projects included in the county’s project list.

SB 83 by Jabo Waggoner
This bill would allow municipalities to zone inside the police jurisdiction.

SB 106 by Linda Coleman
This bill would require public works contractors to use socially and/or economically disadvantaged subcontractors.

SB 107 by Linda Coleman
This bill would allow awarding authorities to award disadvantaged businesses a secondary contract worth up to 20 percent of the original contract value.

SB 153 by Clay Scofield
HB 188 by Elwyn Thomas
This bill would require the Department of Agriculture and Industries to define and approve agricultural tourist attractions. It would allow for the placement of directional signs to direct traffic to these attractions.

SB 171 by Del Marsh
HB 204 by Bill Roberts

This bill would require the state to pay on its contracts within 30 days or interest accrues.

SB 181 by Del Marsh
This bill would delete the minimum penalty amounts issued by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

SB 182 by Paul Sanford
HB 335 by Joe Hubbard
This bill authorizes a city or county to install signs regarding a deaf or blind child in the area.

SB 195 by Del Marsh
HB 234 by Barry Moore
This bill would require counties to make provision for electronic bids.

SB 200 by Bill Holtzclaw
This bill would allow contractors a certificate of exemption from sales tax for materials used on government contracts.

SB297 by Slade Blackwell
This bill would require a plaintiff who is suing an engineer, land surveyor or architect to tile a certificate of merit affidavit of a third-party engineer, land surveyor or architect setting out at least one negligent act, error or omission of the defendant.

SB 304 by Arthur Orr
This bill would prohibit naming a road or bridge after someone serving in elected office.

SB 349 by Quinton Ross
This bill would require contractors on government projects to use 90 percent Alabama workers, defined as those who have been in the state for at least two years.

SB 355 by Marc Keahey
HB 390 by Elaine Beech
This bill would exempt volunteer fire departments from paying garbage fees.

SB 376 by Tom Whatley
HB 487 by Mark Tuggle
This bill would exempt loggers from county permits and bonding requirements, allowing timber operations to begin after the timber buyer has simply provided “notice” to the county commission.

SB 437 by Rodger Smitherman
This bill would amend the prompt payment law related to construction contracts to define retainage and to provide for the retainage requirements in private construction contracts.


If you have questions concerning these or other bills, please contact Mary Pons at (334) 263-7594.


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