GOAT HILL REPORTS

Goat Hill Report- Week Ending April 14, 2023

This week, the Alabama legislature held a three-day week, which is considered an accelerated pace but is necessary to make up for the lost work days from the Special Session in March. The legislature has now completed 10 days out of a possible 30 legislative days, and at this pace…

April 17, 2023

Goat Hill Report- Week Ending March 24, 2023

Goat Hill Report for Week Ending March 24, 2023 The Alabama Legislature’s 2023 Regular Session resumed this week after the hiatus for the Special Session to allocate federal ARPA funds. The legislature met two days this week but will be off this week for Spring Break. Budgets Introduced On Tuesday,…

March 27, 2023

Goat Hill Report- Week ending March 17, 2023

 Special Session Wraps Up   The Alabama Legislature spent the second week of the special session finalizing expenditures of the federal ARPA funds. On Thursday, Alabama lawmakers gave approval to spend $1.06 billion in federal ARPA funds on broadband, water and sewer projects and healthcare reimbursements. In the legislature’s final step in…

March 20, 2023

Goat Hill Report- Week ending March 10, 2023

The 2023 Regular Session of the Alabama legislature began on Tuesday, March 7, and shortly thereafter the session was suspended until Tuesday, March 21 in order to prepare for a much-rumored Special Session. Repeating the tactic she utilized four years ago to pass an increase in the state’s gas tax…

March 13, 2023

Goat Hill Report- End of 2022 Session

The Alabama Legislature adjourned Sine Die late in the night on Thursday, April 7, marking the end of the 2022 regular session. Technically the session ended on the 29th legislative day – one day earlier than the maximum allowed 30 days – but the session did go past midnight by…

April 13, 2022

Goat Hill Report- Week Ending March 18, 2022

This week, the Alabama legislature completed Days 22 and 23 of the 2022 legislative session, leaving seven more legislative days. The legislature is set to take their Spring Break next week, and will return the week of March 28. We continue to hear that the session will conclude in early…

March 21, 2022

Goat Hill Report- Week Ending March 11, 2022

This week, the Alabama legislature completed Days 19, 20 and 21 of the 2022 legislative session. This week, the legislature will hold a two-day week (Tuesday and Thursday session days) and then take Spring Break the week of March 21. Speculation continues to circulate that the session will conclude in…

March 15, 2022

Goat Hill Report- Week Ending Feb. 18, 2022

This week Alabama legislature completed Days 10, 11 and 12 of the 2022 legislative session. With another 3-day week this coming week, by next Thursday legislators will reach the halfway point of the session’s 30 meeting days. Details of this week’s notable legislative action, as well as key political news,…

February 21, 2022

Goat Hill Report- Week Ending Feb. 11, 2022

The 2022 legislative session continued this this week with legislators completing days 7, 8 and 9 out of a possible 30 meeting days. This election year session continues to proceed with a lighter-than-usual workload, but that is expected to increase in the coming weeks. Details of this week’s notable legislative action, as…

February 14, 2022

Goat Hill Report- Week ending Feb. 4, 2022

The 2022 legislative session resumed this week after last week’s conclusion of the special session to allocate federal COVID relief funds. Before the legislative week started, the political scene was buzzing with the results of last Friday’s candidate qualifying deadline for the 2022 elections, which includes the entire legislature and…

February 8, 2022

Goat Hill Report- Week Ending January 28, 2022

 The 2022 legislative session was on hiatus for a second week pending the conclusion of the special session to allocate federal COVID relief funds. The special session wrapped up on Thursday, and the regular session is expected to resume on Tuesday, February 1. Details of the 2022 special session are…

January 31, 2022

Goat Hill Report- Week Ending January 21, 2022

The 2022 legislative session completed Day Three on Tuesday, and as anticipated the session was then suspended in order to convene a special session of the legislature to allocate federal COVID relief funds (discussion below). The regular session is expected to resume on Tuesday, February 1, after the conclusion of…

January 25, 2022

Goat Hill Report- Week Ending Jan. 14, 2022

The 2022 legislative session kicked off at noon on Tuesday, and conversation immediately turned to suspending the session and convening a special session to allocate federal relief funds (discussion below). The special session chatter comes amidst the 2022 candidate qualifying period that closes on January 28, and the impending May…

January 17, 2022

Goat Hill Report- Special Session

Legislature approves $1.3B prison construction plan After five days in Montgomery for a Special Legislative Session, legislators on Friday approved a $1.3B prison construction plan. HB4 by Rep. Steve Clouse (R – Ozark) allows the state to borrow as much as $785 million in bonds for the construction of two new men’s…

October 4, 2021

Goat Hill Report- Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

Gaming stumbles at the finish lineLegislation to allow Alabama citizens to vote on whether to legalize gambling including a lottery, casino games, and sports betting failed as the 2021 regular legislative session concluded.Despite the efforts of former Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R – Anniston), Governor Kay Ivey, her…

May 21, 2021