By Gary Lloyd
MONTGOMERY — Rep. Danny Garrett has submitted his first bill as a member of the Alabama House of Representatives.
HB 97 would provide that teachers could receive a tax credit of up to $250 on their Alabama income tax return as reimbursement for money they spend out of their own pockets for their classrooms.
Garrett said that about 15 other representatives signed on as co-sponsors of the bill. The bill is pending committee action.
Garrett represents District 44, which covers Trussville, Clay and portions of Pinson.
Sen. Shay Shelnutt introduced his first bill, SB 28, a companion bill with House Bill 28 being introduced by Rep. David Standridge of Blount County.
In short, this bill would provide that upon a second or subsequent conviction of second-degree criminal mischief involving a church or other religious building, the defendant would receive certain mandatory minimum sentences.
This bill would also provide that restitution would be a first priority in cases involving a church or other religious building under certain conditions.
The bill is pending committee action.
Shelnutt represents District 17, which includes parts of Blount, Jefferson, St. Clair and Talladega counties.
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