28 Feb 2013
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 13:17
- Published Date
By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Tuesday the Alabama House of Representatives passed House Bill 134. HB 134 requires that the Jefferson County Commission must submit quarterly reports on the collections and disbursements of the indigent care funds.
The bill was sponsored by Alabama State Representative John Rogers (D) from Birmingham. HB 134 was cosponsored by Representatives Mary Moore (D) and Rod Scott (D).
House Bill 134 is a Jefferson County local bill. It would require the Jefferson County Commission submit the quarterly accounting of the collections and disbursement of the proceeds from the Indigent Health Care Fund for Jefferson County to each member of the Jefferson County Legislative Delegation.
The bill also requires that the commission release the report to the public on their Internet website.
If the commission fails to submit a quarterly accounting, each member of the commission would be subject to an action for malfeasance in office and would be audited by the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts.
Jefferson County has suffered from decades of corruption and mismanagement. Former Jefferson County Commissioners Langford (D), Katapodis (R), White (R), Buckelew (R), Germany (D), and McNair (D) have all been convicted for their roles in a variety of criminal corruption scandals that have left the embattled county with over $ four billion in debt and in bankruptcy court. Jefferson County is the largest government bankruptcy in American history. The courts also ruled that Jefferson County’s unpopular Occupation tax was illegal.
The Jefferson County Commission had asked the 2012 legislature to levee a massive tax increase on the people who live and/or work in the struggling county including a new occupation tax. That request was rebuffed by the House and instead the legislature told the Jefferson County Commission to make do with their current revenue streams. As part of their resulting austerity plan, the Jefferson County Commission vote to end much of its costly hospital operations in December at Cooper Green Hospital for the indigent in Birmingham. That move was unpopular with some members of the Jefferson County legislative delegation.
A $250 a day penalty for filing the reports late was stricken from the version of HB 134, which passed on Tuesday the House without opposition.
HB 134 now awaits action in the Alabama Senate where it has been referred to the Senate Committee on Local Legislation. If passed, the Jefferson County Commission
Related news items:
Newer news items:
- House Abortion Clinic Regulation Bill Goes Before Senate Health Committee - 28/02/2013 06:49
- Reaction to Common Core Hearing - 28/02/2013 06:46
- Foundation for Moral Law Files Brief Defending Religious Liberty in California - 28/02/2013 06:43
- Senator Roger Bedford honored as “Legislator of the Year” by the Alabama Association of Health Plans - 28/02/2013 06:40
Older news items:
- Alabama Federation of Republican Women Speak Out on Predatory Lenders - 27/02/2013 09:26
- Shelby Instrumental in Hagel Confirmation - 27/02/2013 06:33
- Democrats Adline Clarke and Karlos Finley Will Face Off in Democratic Party Runoff - 27/02/2013 06:30
- Alabama Legislative Watch Dog Opposes Common Core - 27/02/2013 06:29
- House Passes Bill Allowing LLCs to Buy and Sell Hospital Beds - 27/02/2013 06:27