Well, we had an interesting week. Thanks to the eagle eyes of one of our loyal members, we found 2 bills (SB121 and HB28, the Senate's companion bill) that sought to eliminate the AHTF Advisory Committee. Many years ago we put this committee in place to ensure that any AHTF funds were being used the way they were intended to be used - to serve those with the greatest financial needs and those who are vulnerable. In short, we must keep the AHTF Advisory Committee!
For those of you who didn't act on our legislative alert to ask any and all members of the Senate's Governmental Affairs Committee to pull the AHTF Advisory Committee from SB121, it's not too late! The sponsor of the Senate bill is Paul Sanford and the sponsor of the House bill is Chris Pringle. See below for their contact information.
Sen. Sanford can be reached at either of his two offices.
Montgomery Office: Huntsville Office:
Suite 731 (State House) Phone: (256) 539-5441
Phone: (334) 242-7867
Rep. Pringle can be reached at either of his two offices.
Montgomery Office: Mobile Office:
Room 427-M (State House) Phone: (251) 341-1110
Phone: (334) 242-7600
We expect that both bills will be reviewed in committee next week and that at least 1 public hearing will be set. We will let you know as soon as we hear when those committee meetings/hearings are scheduled. Until then, please call them and encourage them to pull the AHTF Advisory Committee from their respective bills. If they ask you why, tell them the committee will be in action as soon as we have dedicated revenue for the AHTF (and that there is a bill this year that will fund it)!
Thanks to all who have called and/or written their legislators asking them to support the AHTF. We need to build public will for change and y'all will be the folks that do it! We can't do it without you!
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