Representative Laura Hall is proud to serve the citizens of District 19 in Madison County. A devoted public servant, Representative Hall began her career by spending more than 40 years in public education, a cause which remains very close to her heart. She has served as the President of the Huntsville Education Association and continues to bring leadership to the District’s public school systems. She is also committed to the health of Alabamians, having served on the legislature’s Health committee as well as being appointed Chairwoman of the Governor’s Commission on AIDS.
Representative Hall is the Vice-Chair of the Madison County Legislative Delegation and Ranking Minority Member of both the General Fund Finance and Appropriations and Internal Affairs committees. Representative Hall’s other community leadership positions include Board positions for Hope Place, Constitution Village, and the AIDS Action Coalition, as well as membership with the American Association of University Women, Madison County Democratic Women, the Tennessee Valley League of Women Voters, the Huntsville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, and the Greater Huntsville Chapter of Links, Inc.
During her tenure in the legislature Representative Hall has authored many bills advancing the rights and wishes of Alabamians of all walks of life. Some of her legislative highlights include:
- HB 427: Created a system of “Silver Alerts” for which all missing persons with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease are eligible, regardless of age, as well as requiring law enforcement personnel to undergo specialized training regarding such cases.
- HB 474: Designated December 1st as Rosa Parks Day in honor of the “First Lady of Civil Rights.”
- HB 475: Provided for an income tax credit for the rehabilitation, preservation, and development of public colleges and universities.
- HB 278: Established a program to issue non-driver ID to resident parolees upon release.
- HB 115: Created a policy by which newborns can be brought to hospitals within 72 hours of birth instead of being abandoned.
Laura has fought to provide funding for individuals who would like to start their own business after being released from prison, as well as to provide funding that will ensure enough money is for AIDS Drug Assistance Program, so there is no waiting list.
She has also partnered with the City of Huntsville and Madison County Commissioner, District 6 for the past 14 years to run the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which gives residents access to free tax return preparation. During this time, more than $16 million have been returned to our community.
Representative Hall worked with Representative Jack Williams in co-sponsoring a bill to strengthen Alabama’s fight against human trafficking. She also continues to fight for the rights and well-being of those with mental illness and cognitive disorders, access to healthcare particularly for individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, and the rights of incarcerated and previously incarcerated persons.