MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers will resume work Tuesday on legislation aimed at luring new jobs to the state as the Legislature moves into the second week of the 2012 regular session.
The House adjourned last week during debate of a bill that would allow businesses in some cases to use income tax withheld from employees for expansion or construction of new facilities. The bill was supported by Republican leaders who argue it would create new jobs. It was opposed by the Alabama Education Association and some Democrats who say it would take away money earmarked for education.
The House is also expected to consider a "Heroes for Hire" bill that would offer incentives to companies that hire veterans.
Another measure that could make it to the top of the agenda in the House would ban sending or reading a text message while driving. The measure by Rep. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, was approved by the House last session, but died in the Senate.
Another bill expected to come up Tuesday in the House would strengthen the penalties for unemployment fraud.
Rep. Barry Mask, R-Wetumpka, is sponsor of the income tax deduction incentives bill. House members took a procedural vote on the measure shortly before adjourning Thursday and were six votes shy of the 63 needed to pass the proposed constitutional amendment.
Mask said Monday he believes some supporters were absent Thursday afternoon and that the bill will pass Tuesday.
"This is a jobs bill and it will cause companies to be recruited to the state and they will create jobs," Mask said.
The Alabama Senate also has a bill on its agenda that would offer incentives to companies for creating new jobs.
The Senate could also take up a bill by Republican state Sen. Dick Brewbaker of Montgomery that would require the posting of a national hotline number about human trafficking in locations where it might be seen by trafficking victims. Brewbaker said those locations would include places like inexpensive hotels and massage parlors.