The first year of a quadrennium is always anticipated to be chaotic.  An environment where a significant portion of the legislature is new to the process, combined with returning legislators feeling a need to spread their wings, leads to an interesting situation.   The 2015 Regular Legislative Session did not disappoint.  Your Alabama Association for Justice tackled hundreds of issues, some were small, some were minutiae, some were aimed at shutting down the plaintiff’s bar, and a number of them were actually good pieces of legislation. 
 

Regardless of the issue, ALAJ leadership -, be they, Officers, Board members, caucus members or volunteer leaders - united to represent the entire membership of ALAJ.  The exhibit below is a condensed version of the chart we use to track bills of interest during a legislative session.  Immunity bills ranged from individual landowners to university hospital systems to municipal employees.  Exceptions to the Rules of Civil Procedure numbered in the dozens. We saw caps on damages, venue provisions, and on and on.


Our elected officials have a respect for the civil justice system.  However, there are hundreds of special interests that want to carve an exception for their industry. Thanks to our leadership and dedication to the process, we had a successful session.  Everyone involved deserves kudos, and we at ALAJ are very appreciative of each one of you!


The 2015 Regular Legislative Session

509 Senate Bills – 1,119 Documents*

701 House Bills – 1,425 Documents*

ALAJ monitored 253 bills

39 Bills passed with approved language

44 Bills amended but did not pass

39 Bills died without amendment

* Includes amendments and substitutes.