Op-Ed: Local Legislation

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Rep. Randall Shedd, R-Fairview (Cullman Tribune file photo)

Local legislation is often required to authorize a local entity to do something specific that otherwise is not authorized by law or the state constitution.

Local legislation can usually be passed if all the local legislators, House and Senate agree or at least do not oppose the proposed local law.

For example, in last year’s legislative session I supported two local acts dealing with feeding county jail inmates- one in Cullman County and one in Morgan County. (My legislative district includes both counties).

Anyone needing local legislation to be considered should contact one or more of their local legislators soon.

As legislators, we need adequate time to review the legislation and possibly have some public hearings about the proposed local legislation. Then the proposed legislation would have to be advertised for about four weeks.

Therefore, the timeline is such that the month of December and early January are the months for proposed local bills to be presented to the local legislative delegation.

January then is the period for required legal advertising if the legislation is to be introduced on the first day of the legislative session, which is Feb. 4, 2020.

Last year, I sponsored local legislation to establish a community board to own and operate the former Joppa School property rather than have it continue a part of the Cullman County Schools system.

We wanted the community to be in control of the property and the Joppa Historical Building on the property.

I will be sponsoring legislation this session to clear up some concerns voiced about the change before the actual transfer takes place.

In legislative community meetings, we’ve heard a number of people express an interest in having four county commissioners and a chairman in Cullman County.

The legislative delegation hasn’t made a decision on that yet.

I am honored to be a part of four local legislative delegations: Blount, Cullman, Marshall and Morgan Counties.

Thank y’all for letting me represent you in Montgomery!

Randall Shedd
District 11, Alabama
House of Representatives
Cellular & Text 256.531.6641
Email randallshedd@icloud.com