The Alabama Legislature last week gave final approval to a bill affirming the state’s authority to regulate fertilizer, passed an Arizona-style immigration bill and approved a proposal for a constitutional amendment that will let voters decide whether to reauthorize Forever Wild funding for another 20 years.

SB 123, sponsored by Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, passed the House of Representatives Wednesday. It prohibits local governments from regulating the registration, packaging, labeling, sale, storage or distribution of fertilizer.

The companion bill, HB 198, was sponsored by Rep. Chad Fincher, R-Semmes. Gov. Robert Bentley is expected to sign the bill into law.

On Thursday, the House gave final approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that would reauthorize funding for the Forever Wild program for another 20 years. SB 369, sponsored by Sen. Dick Brewbaker, R-Montgomery, allows voters to decide the fate of the land-buying program during the Nov. 6, 2012, general election.

Forever Wild uses 10 percent of the investment income from the state’s oil and gas trust fund to preserve land for recreation. Since 1992, the program has spent about $160 million to purchase or lease more than 220,000 acres.

Late Thursday night, legislators passed HB56 sponsored by Rep. Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, which requires all employers to E-verify new hires beginning April 1. The governor is expected to sign the bill. Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, sponsored a similar immigration bill that would have, among other things, excluded the requirement for employers to use the E-verify system.

Brian Hardin, assistant director of Governmental and Agricultural Programs, said the Federation is developing plans to help educate members about the new regulations.