The 2022 Alabama Legislative Session began on January 11 and expected to run through May 20. We know, we're just getting use to having the holiday season behind us. But since it's an election year, session is starting and ending earlier than usual to allow legislators to conduct session before campaigning.
To date, more than 150 bills have been filed. Legislators must pass the state's two budgets and they'll likely avoid anything complicated due to the election year.
During session we'll urge legislators to:
- Improve maternal health by extending Medicaid postpartum coverage from 60 days to one full year.
- Protect youth from tobacco by creating tobacco retail licensure standards to ensure laws are being followed.
- Increase water access for students by passing House Bill 96 by Rep. Jeremey Gray, expanding access to water bottle filling stations in schools during the school day, as well as before and after school activities.
Other issues might arise at the state house that impact our mission.
We're counting on the support of You're the Cure advocates to get these policy efforts passed. You can help by taking action on You're the Cure alerts sent straight to your inbox! If you're not a member, you can join for free at yourethecure.org/join. Our advocacy system makes it easy for you to email and call your legislators, who want to hear from you. We encourage you to personalize your emails to lawmakers, so they can hear first hand how these policy efforts will impact their districts.
We invite all You're the Cure advocates to save the date for our Virtual Alabama Advocacy Day on March 3rd - details coming soon!
Lastly, we encourage you to take a few minutes to check out the Alabama Legislature's new website. It's a great way to watch legislative meetings live, read bills you're interested in, and so much more.