SB 167 by Sen. Regina Barrow would make companies that let out harmful air emissions pay for health screenings of individuals in the area affected. She brought along Lt. Gen. (ret.) Russell Honore, who heads an environmentalist group. He told the Senate Environmental Quality Committee that people who live near concerns that use potentially harmful chemicals should have peace of mind provided with checkups by the offenders. State agencies would order this kind of relief for people living within a mile of the release.
HB 91 by Rep. Franklin Foil would take money from riverboat gaming franchise fees currently sent to the general fund to a fund that would spend on the Taylor Opportunity Program for Scholars. He told the House Appropriations Committee that there needed to be certainty for full funding on TOPS, which the fund could supply. Any unencumbered funds at the end of a year would go back to the general fund.
HB 457 would pass over to local control constitutionally-mandated revenue sharing, as explained by Rep. Barry Ivey, phased out over four years. This control can come by having the authority to changes the homestead exemption and/or change millages, which would have to occur if another constitutional amendment, HB 366, passed to allow them this authority, to which the bill was tied. It would begin in fiscal year 2019.