SB216, allowing state agencies to raise fees on the public has some built in backstops preventing a state agency from running away with fee increases however I maintain that we supplant the representative function of the legislature when we allow agencies to raise fees without or even with limited oversight from those elected by the people to represent the people.
SB502, a constitutional amendment, calling for a vote of the people to unearmark funds in the budget and combining the two budgets. While I certainly support a vote of the people, the language of the amendment is troubling and questionable; quoted in full context below, italicized emphasis added:
“Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to become effective January 1, 2017, to disallow any limitation on the appropriation or spending of state revenues and to allow for a unified appropriations bill.”
The Senate went into session at 2PM this afternoon and after some procedural action took up an 11 bill Special Order Calendar. A few bills were carried over for additional work but most of the bills were passed with little debate/objection. The Senate adjourned a little after 6PM for the day.
The Senate General Fund committee will meet in the morning and begin to debate the budget passed by the House.
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