GOAT HILL REPORTS

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

Goat Hill Report Week Ending March 18, 2016

Concrete Truck Weight House Bill Clears Senate Committee The association’s top legislative priority for 2016, House Bill 88 by Representative Barry Moore cleared the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee Thursday am with a vote of 10 – 0. The legislation now moves to the full Senate for final approval. Your…

March 21, 2016

Goat Hill Report Week Ending March 11, 2016

General Fund Budget in Limbo over Medicaid As the Alabama Legislature approaches the midpoint of its 2016 session, funding for the Alabama Medicaid Agency, which pays for medical and long-term care services for more than 20 percent of Alabama’s population, has become the primary topic of conversation. The House left…

March 14, 2016

Goat Hill Report, Week Ending Feb. 12, 2016

Alabama Transportation Safety Fund Held Over in Committee SB 180 by Senator Gerald Dial that would create the Alabama Transportation Safety Fund was carried over in committee last week after special interest from the farming and forestry industry attempted to modify the bill in committee. SB 180 would establish any…

February 16, 2016

Goat Hill Report, Week Ending Feb. 5, 2016

General Fund Budget in Trouble Again The Alabama Legislature convened on Tuesday for the first day of the 2016 session. As was the case last year, the legislature will face the daunting task of passing a general fund budget that seems to never get any better. Current forecasts predict a…

February 8, 2016