Senate committee OKs Morgan Port Authority legislation
By M.J. Ellington
MONTGOMERY — A bill giving the Morgan County Port Authority jurisdiction to help develop a new industrial park cleared a Senate committee Thursday.
The Senate Industrial Development and Recruitment Committee passed a bill by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, which now awaits action by the full Senate. An identical bill by Rep. Ronald Grantland, D-Hartselle, passed the House and is in the Senate Commerce, Transportation and Utilities Committee.
Both bills allow port authorities to develop properties within the entire county in which they are located, beyond the three-mile limit allowed under current law. Orr and Grantland said the change would enable Morgan County’s port authority to be involved in developing an industrial park near Interstate 65, between Hartselle and Falkville.
The Morgan County Economic Development Association wants to develop 1,800 acres for a second industrial park now that the bonds for Mallard Fox Creek Industrial Park are almost paid off.
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