MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey today signed into law three bills sponsored by Senator Randy Price (R-Opelika), including a bill to establish a lifetime concealed carry permit, a bill to require the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) to adopt guidelines for identifying and designating safer shelters throughout the state, and the Alabama State of Emergency Consumer Protection Act.
Senator Price released the following statement regarding the Governor’s enactment of his sponsored pieces of legislation:
“When I was first elected, I made a promise to the citizens of my district and these three pieces of legislation that are being signed into as law are examples of me keeping my word. I will always stand up for what is right and fight for common sense legislation that will move my district and our state forward. I appreciate the collaborative work that took place between my colleagues in the Senate and House to get each of these pieces of legislation where they needed to be, putting the best interests of our people first,” said Price.
Senator Randy Price sponsored SB 308 that allows Alabamians to acquire lifetime conceal/carry firearm permits and avoid the inconvenience of traveling to the local Sheriff’s departments for frequent renewals. Representative Proncey Robertson carried the legislation in the House. This bill will streamline the permit process so it is handled in the same manner in each of the 67 counties rather than the varying processes that are currently in place. One-year and five-year permits will remain available.
“I want to thank Representative Proncey Robertson for carrying SB 308 in the House. As your Senator I will work to advocate and strengthen the protections of our 2nd Amendment rights. I will always fight to protect our conservative values and morals,” said Price.
The bill also allows law enforcement officers to better protect our families by providing them with tools to identify convicted felons and other individuals who have had to surrender their gun rights after judges ruled, they pose a danger to the public. A number of groups ranging from Alabama sheriffs, local district attorneys, the National Rifle Association, and other gun rights advocates were consulted as the legislation was drafted and progressed through the process, and their input was incorporated into the final version.
Governor Kay Ivey also signed SB 43 which helps local EMA’s to create storm shelters in the State.
“I nor can my colleague State Rep. Joe Lovvorn forget the devastation and tragic loss in March of 2019 in Smiths Station and the Beauregard communities due to the deadly tornadoes that struck. Seeing this devastation first hand stuck with me and I wanted to do even more to help protect the citizens not only in my district but statewide during severe weather season. Alabama is home to tornado outbreaks year to year. Sponsoring SB 43 will help county EMA’s to provide storm shelters across the state during severe weather. I want to thank State Rep. Lovvorn for his leadership and carrying this bill in the House,” said Price.
This bill put specific guidelines in place for storm shelters across Alabama allowing county EMA’s to create more storm shelters. The minimum guidelines would include providing local EMAs with methods for notifying the community about safer places during severe weather events, providing an application process for those offering a safer place facility, and requiring safer place facilities to satisfy building codes, including a second exit, smoke detectors, and sufficient sanitary facilities.
Governor Ivey then signed SB 39 which creates the Alabama State of Emergency Consumer Protection Act.
“I am also proud to have sponsored SB39, which establishes the Alabama State of Emergency Consumer Protection Act. I have heard to many horror stories of when a community is hit by a natural disaster whether it’s a tornado or hurricane, home repair frauds occur way too often. During this difficult time and situation people are unfortunately taken advantage of and are the victim of home repair fraud and scams. This piece of legislation will hold those accountable and create criminal penalties,” said Price.
Under existing law, on a first conviction for home repair fraud, a person is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor, and on a second or subsequent conviction for home repair fraud, a person is guilty of a Class C felony. This bill creates the crime of aggravated home repair fraud to provide enhanced criminal penalties for home repair fraud committed for the repair of a residential structure that was damaged as a result of an event which was declared a state of emergency by the Governor.