Several bills were carried over for further action including what I refer to as a “speed trap” bill (SB91) which would allow small towns located along interstate highways to enforce speed limits. I have opposed this bill in the past. In my view this encourages speed traps and I support the position that law enforcement should be working for the residents in the community rather than setting speed traps along the interstate.
Another bill of interest, SB273 was passed allowing the use of electronic versions (such as an email mail on your cell phone) of the insurance documentation required in your vehicle.
I opposed SB310, a bill allowing a tax exemption for the Birmingham Zoo. I hope it is obvious that I don’t have any concerns with the Birmingham Zoo but as I defend against tax increases I must questions when the legislature continues to provide tax credits to entities across the state. Furthermore, as a former Madison City Councilman, I am keenly aware that when the state legislature grants a tax exemption they do so at the local, county and state level – effectively impacting the local budgets at the city and county level.
The Senate adjourned at 3:20PM. I’m looking forward to a great weekend that includes volunteering with the Asbury Oil Change Ministry, serving as a BBQ Judge at the Whistlestop Festival (oh the sacrifices I make!) and attending the Regional Awards Dinner and Meeting of the Patriot Guard Riders where visitors from Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee will join the Alabama group.
Semper Fi - Bill