Bill to make Forever Wild pay property taxes gets favorable report from House committee

February 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the Alabama House State Government Committee voted to give a favorable report to a bill that would make lands held by the Forever Wild program pay property taxes.

The bill’s sponsor is state Government Committee Chairman Mark Tuggle, R-Alexander City.

Chairman Tuggle said that House Bill 362 is a constitutional amendment, so it has to be voted on by the people of Alabama to go into effect.

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Memorial Bill gets favorable report

April 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, the Alabama House State Government Committee gave a favorable report to Senate Bill 60, sponsored by Senator Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa).

SB60 had been held over a week following a public hearing in which the Association of County Commissions and the Mobile Chamber of Commerce objected to parts of this version of the bill.

Sen. Gerald Allen said that we have had extensive discussions on how to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the bill.  On March 8 the Committee gave a favorable report to House Bill 349 the Memorial Preservation Act, sponsored by state Representative Mack Butler (R-Rainbow City).  That bill however has not yet been passed on the House floor.
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Memorial Act of 2017 gets favorable report

March 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, the Alabama House State Government Committee gave a favorable report to House Bill 349 the Memorial Preservation Act, sponsored by state Representative Mack Butler (R-Rainbow City).

The President of the Southern Historical Protections Group Mike Williams told The Alabama Political Reporter, “With all of the bad publicity the City of New Orleans is getting, and the calls for boycotts of that city, I am feeling somewhat more confident that House Bill 349, or the Alabama Memorial Act of 2017, when reconciled with Senate bill 60, will provide some protections for those honorable memorials in Alabama that were long ago dedicated for the valor of heroic Alabamians. It appears likely that Alabama will pass a Memorial Protection bill after failing to do so the previous two sessions.”
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Pro-Second Amendment Rights Bill passes out of committee

March 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, the House State Government Committee gave a favorable report to Senate Bill 2, sponsored by State Senator Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City. SB2 prevents local governments from adding special taxes on guns and ammo. The Legislation would also prevent sheriffs from adding extra requirements to get a concealed carry permit such as making permittees write essays.

Sen. Phil Williams said this is a simple bill. The City of Seattle passed a user fee on gun purchases to pay for the cost of gun violence. They are charging $25 per gun purchase and 5 cents per bullet. This bill would not exempt guns from sales tax, we are fine with that; but there should not be any kind of special taxes levied by local governments in Alabama.
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