2020 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – SESSION COMES TO A CLOSE

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What started as a productive and positive 2020 legislative session ended today without fan fare (final adjournment will be Monday, May 18). As rapidly as the world changed, so did our pending legislation and expectations.The General Fund Budget, as passed, does fully-fund state employee health insurance and retirement. This is a victory and one we will all take. State employees … Read More

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FOUR WEEK CHECK IN – A NOTE FROM ASEA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MAC MCARTHUR

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It is hard to believe that it has been four weeks since our lives where turned upside down. In some ways the last four weeks have seemed like four years and in other ways like four minutes. As the Executive Director of ASEA, we have seen challenging times before. However, the coronavirus and its effects on state employees may rank as … Read More

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2020 LEGISLATIVE – UPDATE WHERE ARE WE NOW?

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Oh, how the world has changed since the last Legislative Update. After taking an extended Spring Break to see what would happen with the spread of COVID-19, the House and Senate met briefly on March 31 and will return in April. It started as a positive session with pending legislation that included a 2% COLA for active state employees and two … Read More

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FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT

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NEW GUIDELINES RELEASED The US Department of Labor released more information regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights. Read below for more information.The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from the effective … Read More

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2020 LEGISLATIVE – UPDATE WEEK 6

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With the week dominated by news of the Coronavirus, many of you read on ASEA’s Facebook page Governor Ivey’s statement on Employee Preparation. If you have not read it, click here. As we enter into unknown territory, ASEA will post any information we receive that will help state employees make decisions regarding the virus. Be sure to like ASEA on Facebook for updates and … Read More

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2020 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – Week 5

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The legislature was on cruise control after the whirlwind of Super Tuesday and the resulting hangover of the elections. This week did see the introduction of a lottery bill that allows for a compact with the Poarch Creek Indians, although the money would go to Education and not the General Fund. On Tuesday, Governor Kay Ivey signed HB 147, sponsored by … Read More

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2020 Legislative Update – Week 4

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The week started out quiet with the House and Senate taking up Sunset Bills, which by law need to be addressed by the 10th legislative day. On Thursday, the Senate got heated when HB 147, sponsored by Representative Chris Sells, was brought to the floor. As you remember, under HB 147, occupational taxes can still be enacted, but would require the approval … Read More

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2020 Legislative Update – Week 3

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This week, three new pieces of legislation were introduced that state employees will be happy to see again, Tier III, EIRP and a Retiree Bonus. HB 268, sponsored by Representative Reed Ingram, and SB 201, sponsored by Senator Will Barfoot, creates Tier III. Tier III allows active state employees to convert sick leave into creditable service (up to 180 days), retire … Read More

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2020 Legislative Update – Week 2

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This week was relatively quiet at the Alabama Legislature. Many committee meetings this week were canceled due to the unexpected passing of Representative Terri Collins’ husband, Tom. ASEA sends our condolences to Representative Collins and her family during this very difficult time. HB 147, sponsored by Representative Chris Sells, passed the House on Tuesday after a lively debate. HB 147 … Read More

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2020 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – WEEK 1

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The 2020 Legislative Session has begun and Governor Ivey opened the session with her State of the State. During her speech, Ivey spoke of giving active state employees a 2% COLA. ASEA Executive Director Mac McArthur always says “Don’t get your hopes up until the deal is done,” but with the support of Governor Kay Ivey we are off to … Read More

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