GOAT HILL REPORTS

Goat Hill Report Week Ending March 23rd

The Alabama Legislature has met for 23 of its possible 30 meeting days, and will likely adjourn after meeting only two days this week. This is very atypical of an organization that often goes to the last minute to pass the budgets. A long time employee of the legislature recently…

March 26, 2018

Goat Hill Report Week Ending March 2nd

The 2018 legislative session is at minimum half way over. The legislature has now met 16 of the possible 30 days this session, however as mentioned in previous reports there are high hopes the session will end early for members to return home to campaign. Both the ETF and General…

March 14, 2018

Goat Hill Report Week Ending Feb. 23

The General Fund Budget passed the Senate on Tuesday afternoon following an extended debate 26-2. The $2 billion dollar budget is $158 million more than the 2018 budget thanks in part to growth and $92 million carried over from 2018. The biggest benefactor of the larger budget was the Department…

February 28, 2018

Goat Hill Report Week Ending Feb. 15

The Alabama Legislature has now used 12 of the possible 30 meeting days for 2018. Except for a few minor issues, the session has remained relatively quiet with the goal of passing the budgets and leaving early still a good possibility. On Tuesday, the House passed the $6.63 billion Education…

February 26, 2018

Goat Hill Report Week Ending Feb. 2nd

The two hot button issues in the Alabama legislature last week were Uber and church daycares. For the past several years, the legislature has attempted to establish regulations for ride sharing providers such as Uber and Lyft. House Bill 190 by Representative David Faulkner would create a state wide system…

February 24, 2018

Goat Hill Report- Week Ending Jan. 26

Monday’s vote to reopen the Federal Government made all Alabama legislators breathe a sigh of relief before reconvening Tuesday afternoon. The reopening included a provision to fund the CHIP Program, which provides insurance coverage to 84,000 children, for seven years. Otherwise, members of the Alabama legislature would have been forced…

February 24, 2018

Goat Hill Report- Week Ending Jan. 19

The Alabama Legislature, like most of the state last week, was turned upside down by the winter weather. Both Chambers left early on Tuesday and all committee meetings were cancelled on Wednesday. The House and Senate did return on Thursday for committee meetings and shorter than typical meeting days. SB…

January 26, 2018

Goat Hill Report-Week Ending April 28, 2017

The Alabama legislature is now down to nine meeting days with substantial legislation still to be addressed. Redistricting, prison construction, and passage of the budgets are hanging over the head of the legislature. Both Senate and House committees are scheduled to review the redistricting plans this week and the goal…

May 2, 2017

Goat Hill Report- Week Ending April 21, 2017

Another week of the Alabama legislature has come and gone without much fanfare. The biggest news was made not on Goat Hill, but instead by the decision of Governor Ivey to move the special election for the US Senate seat to 2017. Former governor Robert Bentley had refrained from holding…

April 25, 2017

Goat Hill Report-Legislature reconvenes after Spring Break Hiatus

Legislature Reconvenes The Alabama Legislature reconvenes Tuesday, April 4th, after their two week Spring Break hiatus. The legislature has used 13 of the possible 30 meeting days allowed by law. Still remaining to be addressed are a number of important issues including passage of the Education Trust Fund Budget and the…

April 4, 2017

Goat Hill Report-Week ending Feb. 10, 2017

For the week ending February 10, 2017 The 2017 Legislative Session began Tuesday with the body facing several challenging tasks including prison construction, redistricting, and the yearly budget shortfall for Medicaid. The session kicked off with Governor Bentley’s State of the State address Tuesday night where he highlighted the importance…

February 13, 2017

Goat Hill Report Week Ending April 29, 2016

Legislature Down to Two Days The Alabama legislature is expected to meet Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. This will be the last two days for the legislative session of 2016. While the clock has nearly run out, two hot button issues are still awaiting final passage before the end…

May 2, 2016

Goat Hill Report Week Ending April 22, 2016

Increased Concrete Truck Weight Bill on Governor’s Desk The association’s top priority for the session, HB 88 which will allow a four axle ready mix truck to weigh 82,500 regardless of individual axle weight is on the Governor’s desk. The Governor is expected to sign the legislation tomorrow. We would…

April 25, 2016

Goat Hill Report Week Ending April 15, 2016

Road and Bridge Fund Accountability Bill on Governor’s Desk A proposed increase in gasoline taxes (HB394) hasn’t yet received approval, but the bill that will make sure new revenue coming in for roads and bridges gets spent on the state’s transportation infrastructure is on the Governor’s desk. The House on…

April 18, 2016

Goat Hill Report Week Ending April 8, 2016

Legislature Overrides Governor’s General Fund Veto; Medicaid Weighs Cuts A $1.85 billion general operating budget for the 2017 fiscal year is now law without the governor’s signature and without $85 million of the money Alabama’s Medicaid Agency says it needs to operate. Act No. 2016-116 became law at 6:18 p.m….

April 11, 2016