ALABAMA HOUSE GOP CUTS TAXES, SUPPORTS LIFE IN FIRST TWO WEEKS

ALABAMA HOUSE GOP CUTS TAXES, SUPPORTS LIFE IN FIRST TWO WEEKS
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As the 2014 Legislative Session began, Alabama House Republicans hit the ground running.

ALABAMA HOUSE PASSES 4 TAX-REFORM BILLS
Montgomery Advertiser, January 17, 2014

On the first day the body was able to pass legislation, House Members approved four major tax-relief bills on the 2014 “Commonsense Conservative” Legislative Agenda. Small businesses are the backbone of the economy, and these bills help reduce their burden so that they can focus on what really matters — creating more jobs.  The House passed the following:

  • The Small Business Tax Relief Act (HB151), by Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) which will provide small businesses with an immediate one-time tax savings of up to $2,500 this year.
  • Tax Elimination Act (HB97), by Rep. Jim Patterson (R-Madison), which provides the Alabama Department of Revenue with the authority to suspend taxes and fees when the cost of collecting the tax exceeds the amount of revenue it brings in.
  • Business Tax Streamlining Act (HB108), by Rep. Greg Wren (R-Montgomery), that will will provide businesses with additional options for filing personal property tax returns that will simplify the process and save Alabama business owners both the money and the hassle that come with reporting and paying these taxes.
  • Taxpayer Bill of Rights (HB104), by Rep. Paul DeMarco (R-Homewood), which streamlines the process for appealing both state and local tax assessments and ensures fairness throughout.

ALABAMA HOUSE RESPONDS TO IRS CONTROVERSY
The Associated Press, January 21, 2014

HOUSE APPROVES HEALTHCARE CONSCIENCE PROTECTION BILL
Al.com, January 21, 2014

By Week 2, House Republicans were back in action, passing several more Agenda items: the Alabama Taxpayer Audit Protection Act (HB42), by Rep. Wayne Johnson (R-Ryland) and the Healthcare Right of Conscience Act (HB31), by Rep. Becky Nordgren (R-Gadsden).

On Jan. 22 — the 41st anniversary of Roe v Wade — House Republicans once again proved that they are committed to protecting the sanctity of life. Rep. Paul Lee (R-Dothan) passed an  Adoption Tax Credit (HB48), a bill that would allow an Alabama resident who adopts an Alabama child either through a private adoption or through the state foster care system a one-time $1,000 income tax credit during the tax year in which the adoption was finalized.

In addition, the House also passed HB 64, Statutory Immunity for Teachers and State Employees, by Rep. Mike Jones (R-Andalusia) which establishes statutory immunity for teachers and state workers when they are carrying out their employment duties.

The Alabama House Republican Caucus is committed to continuing to move Alabama forward.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/alhousegop and on Twitter @ALHOUSEGOP for continued updates on the 2014 Legislative Session.

Read about our 2014 ‘Commonsense Conservative’ Legislative Agenda at http://alhousegop.com/commonsense/.

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