Marsh said he estimated the proposal will cost the state $4 million to $6 million. The Legislative Fiscal Office could not immediately provide an independent analysis of the bill introduced Tuesday.
Kimble Forrister, state coordinator for Alabama Arise, a group that works on poverty issues, called the proposal a small but good step.
“It’s not profound. It’s a modest step. It’s a good thing to do for those people,” Forrister said.
The Republican agenda announced Thursday also includes proposals to make child sex trafficking a capital offense; provide incentives for telecommunication companies to improve rural broadband access and establish a process for Medicaid to recover funds from the estates of deceased individuals.