House rejects Bill to decrease limits on home repairs that you can do without a license

April 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 26, a bill that would have forced many “handymen” to either become state licensed home repairmen or get out of the business was defeated in the Alabama House on the Budget Isolation Resolution (BIR). House Bill 341 was sponsored by State Representative Steve McMillan (R-Bay Minette).

Rep. McMillan said that insurance companies give a cost break to homeowners with fortified roofs. HB341 would require that the roofing/building industry inform the public of their option to have a fortified roof. Many homeowners could get reduced insurance premiums if they would install a fortified roof instead of simply replacing the roof that they have. This bill would require roofers to inform the homeowner of this option. The bill also lowers the threshold needed to be able to do work on homes without having a home license from the State Home Builders Licensure Board to just $1000 worth of work. The current threshold is $10,000. McMillan said that they would amend the bill to $5000 on the floor.
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Hubbard Sentenced to 96 Years

July 11, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Almost two years after his indictment, Michael G. Hubbard was convicted and sentenced to 96 years, with a split sentence of 4 years in State prison, with no “good time” or chance of parole, and 16 years supervised probation. Judge Jacob Walker, III, also ordered Hubbard to pay fines equaling $210, 000 plus other court costs.

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The State asked the Court to require Hubbard to pay $1,125,000.00 in restitution. Judge Walker denied the State’s request saying, there no case law showing the State as victim. However, he gave the State 30 days to show case law where a state is considered a victim.
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Opinion: Prison Bill Could Have Devastating Effect on Communities

April 27, 2016

BY REBECCA BEASLEY
MAYOR OF CLAYTON

The possible closing of Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton would have a devastating effect on the economy of our rural area in southeast Alabama. In addition to Ventress in Clayton, Barbour County has another state prison located in Clio, Easterling Correctional Facility.

Our small municipalities have bond issues dependent on the operation of the state facilities at stake if the facilities are closed. Both municipalities have expanded water and sewerage treatment facilities to the total of about $6 million to accommodate the needs of the facilities. The financial strain on us would virtually bankrupt our municipalities because we have no other resource to pay our debts. It would be impossible to pass along this amount of debt to our citizens.
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Wadsworth Says that Jefferson County Ruling Likely to be Decided by Alabama Supreme Court

December 16, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, December 14, Jefferson County Circuit Judge Michel Graffeo ruled in favor of a lawsuit brought by State Representatives John Rogers (D) and Mary Moore (D) and taxpayer advocate Keith Shannon striking down the state law which would have allowed Jefferson County to refinance $600 million in outstanding school construction bond debt.  The law allowed the County to divert $60 million of the savings to non-education related spending.  State Representative Tim Wadsworth (R) said that the ruling would affect hundreds of local bills around the state.
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