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Some local bills alive in Legislature

By M.J. Ellington
mjellington@decaturdaily.com ∑ (334) 262-1104

MONTGOMERY — Two days remain in the legislative session with little chance remaining for many lawmakersí bills to pass this term.

But several bills of local interest are still alive and could pass before the Legislature adjourns Thursday for the week.

The bills and where they stand:

  • HB 888 by Rep. Ronald Grantland, D-Hartselle, provides that TVA in-lieu-of-taxes revenue now used to pay off bonds on Mallard Fox Creek Industrial Park be used to help finance an industrial development project off Interstate 65 at Hartselle when Mallard Fox bonds pay off next year.

    The bill passed the House and awaits final reading in the Senate on Thursday.

  • SB 509 by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, similar to Grantlandís HB 888. Passed Senate on Tuesday but must clear House local legislation committee and gain House approval. Long shot but possible passage Thursday.

  • HB 924 by Rep. Bill Dukes, D-Decatur, directs expenditures for the 3 percent increase in TVA in-lieu-of-taxes revenue in a 2006 law. Bill gives 60 percent of the new revenue to county and municipal governments, 40 percent for a local legislative delegation office. Bill passed the House, awaits final Senate vote Thursday.

  • HB 764 by Rep. Henry White, D-Athens, would assess a $75 one-time supervision fee in Limestone County juvenile court cases to be used for county juvenile court programs. Bill passed House and awaits final reading in Senate on Thursday.

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