Look out, Alabama voters! It's nowhere near Halloween, but there's at least one zombie on the loose & it's controlled by Sen. Gerald Dial & Rep. Richard Laird. Not willing to admit defeat after Gov. Bentley vetoed their Slush Fund Bill, Laird reintroduced the legislation (HB785) last week!
A new wrinkle appeared in the tobacco tax bill fracas in Randolph County, with a public hearing set for Tuesday in Montgomery on a second version of a bill addressing the distribution of tobacco tax funds in Randolph County. This one, like the one that passed the legislature only to be vetoed by Gov. Robert Bentley, had been advertised as required by law.
Georgia Arrington, local legislation committee clerk, informed interested parties Friday morning that a public hearing on the new bill will be held Tuesday, May 8, at 10 a.m. in Room 622 at the Alabama Statehouse.
This will be for a newly introduced bill, HB785, by Rep. Richard Laird, (D-Roanoke). Laird did not respond to repeated telephone calls Friday. This bill was the same as the one the governor vetoed but with a different distribution formula for the funds.
Maybe, like his cohort, Gerald Dial, Laird is just “too busy” to respond to constituents.
There's another interesting tidbit in the Randolph Leader article about the zombie bill. At least Laird can read the handwriting on the wall & is trying again. But Dial wasn't ready to throw in the towel because he has Jesus on his side:
“I met with the governor at 11:30 yesterday. He said he would not veto them. I haven't heard anything different from him. He is a good Christian man, a Sunday school teacher, and he said in front of 30 schoolchildren, Richard, and myself he would not veto them,” Dial said.
“I assume someone in the governor's office made a mistake,” Dial said. He said he would resolve it Tuesday when he returns to Montgomery.
Responding to this, King said the vetoes were not a mistake and the governor's office expects the veto will stand.
Our thoughts are with the people in Randolph, Clay, & Chambers Counties who are being so used and abused by their so-called Representatives in the legislature. Will they remember in November 2014?
Hopefully, the only “walking dead” after that election will be the political careers of Dial & Laird.