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

Thompson Tractor hosts 2016 Truck Driver Championship

On Saturday, April 2nd, Thompson Tractor Company hosted ACIA’s  annual Truck Driver Championship, otherwise known as the “Truck Rodeo.” Although the morning was brisk, the sunny skies made for a beautiful day and the event was enjoyed by more than 200 people, including 42 drivers (a new record), their family members…

April 11, 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

Bill Moore receives 2016 Chairman’s Award

At the Alabama Concrete Industries Association’s Annual Business Meeting held in January, Bill Moore received the 2016 Chairman’s Award for his outstanding career and leadership in the concrete industry. Bill Moore Bill Moore was born in July 1950. He was one of four sons born to his mother Lina, a…

January 26, 2016

2016 ACIF Scholarships Awarded

For more than 23 years, the Alabama Concrete Industries Foundation has awarded scholarships to students enrolled in building science, engineering or architecture at our state’s universities. Since 1993, we have awarded 46 scholarships totaling over $256,000, and since 2006 the foundation has given away two $8,000 scholarships annually. Currently, these…

January 26, 2016

Concrete Day on the Hill to be held March 17, 2016

The Alabama Concrete Industries Association (ACIA) will hold its Fourth Annual ‘Concrete Day on the Hill’ on Thursday, March 17. The event will be held at the RSA tower plaza, beginning at 11:45am with a presentation by John Sorrell, president of ACIA, on current issues in the legislature affecting the industry….

January 24, 2016

Electronic Log Book Requirements Released by FMSCA

Recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released its long-awaited final rule for mandating Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) for Hours of Service (HOS) compliance. Unfortunately, as was anticipated, the final rule does hold a requirement for the industry to install and use ELDs. While there are a lot of…

December 16, 2015

New Federal Highway Bill Includes Provisions Benefitting Ready Mix Industry / Electronic Logging

On Friday, December 4th, President Obama signed the first long-term highway bill in over a decade into law. The FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation), or HR 22, guarantees funding for five years at $305 billion for highway and transit programs. On December 3, the House voted in favor of…

December 16, 2015

2016 Annual Business Meeting

We hope that you will join us for the 2016 Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, January 21. The meeting will take place at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Winfrey Hotel at 11am. Check-in and registration will begin at 10:30am. The agenda will include recognition of current board members and…

December 8, 2015

New Hours of Service Law Effective September 1, 2015

During the 2015 Legislative Session, the association was successful in helping pass House Bill 298 which will increase the number of hours a commercial driver can drive when intrastate and hours on the clock per week. The new law forced the state to adopt the intrastate variance recognized by the…

August 10, 2015

ACIA sponsors ASCE’s Concrete Canoe Competition

The ACIA is proud to have served as the primary sponsor for the University of Alabama’s American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter at this year’s regional concrete canoe competition. The association’s sponsorship allowed the 11 person team to travel to the ASCE Southeast Region Competition March 19 –…

May 7, 2015