Fall 2008 Edition
Published February 22, 2008
© 2008 League of Women Voters of Alabama
There's a Good Transportation Bill Coming
Representative Cam Ward (R. District 49) from Alabaster has submitted a bill, HB 123, that would establish a statewide permanent Transportation Commission. The Commission would oversee all transportation issues in the state including ALDOT and public transportation. The Bill would set up a Commission of five members, one each from the state's northern, central and southern regions plus two appointed statewide. Some legislators want the northern portion of the state to have two members since it is larger than the central or southern regions.
The members would be appointed by the governor and would serve staggered six-year terms after an initial term ranging from two to six years and they would hire a transportation director.
The Bill's directive that the Commission will oversee public transportation in addition to all forms of statewide transportation supports the League's long-held support for statewide public transportation. HB 123 has already passed the House and now goes to the Senate. Members interested in transportation should read the bill online (at Alison) and then contact their Senators and urge them to vote for the bill.
-- Nancy Ekberg,
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