This week, the Birmingham City Council passed a resolution supporting several initiatives for the 2022 Alabama legislative session in Montgomery, which began on Tuesday, January 11th.
The proposed agenda, which is supported by Mayor Randall Woodfin, includes a wide variety of measures, from entertainment district expansion to expanding rural broadband policy to include urban areas.
Below is the City of Birmingham State Legislative Agenda for 2022.
- Expansion of entertainment district from 5 to 15 – This legislation nearly passed in 2021. Here are the details about last year’s bill.
- Access capital for minority owned and small businesses – Expand state tax credits to qualified fund managers making loans to these businesses.
- Automated Photographic Traffic Enforcement System – Allow law enforcement to have another tool to enforce traffic laws
- Enhance Broadband Policy – Expand definition of Rural in broadband policy to include urban areas and increase affordability of broadband
- Amend Alabama Competitive State Bid Law – Add computer and software applications and automotive parts exception
- Legislation to enhance fines for littering, dumping and weed abatement – Enable cities like Birmingham to strengthen fines.
- Expand State’s Voluntary Pre-K Program – Support increased funding to allow additional reading coaches to grades 1-3.
- Increase tourism dollars to Birmingham
- Additional legislative issues the City of Birmingham will advocate at the state agency level and/or push for inclusion for a specific allocation in State budget:
- Support Housing Authority of Birmingham District’s Alabama State Low Income Housing Tax Credit
- Sustained funding in State budget for Red Mountain Park, Ruffner Park and Turkey Creek
- Continued increase in State funding for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure and planning for consumer education
A Unified Birmingham is Important
State Senator Rodger Smitherman, a veteran legislator who has represented Birmingham for 30+ years, commended the city for bringing forth a unified agenda.
“It’s wonderful that the council and the mayor are working hand in hand together and bringing one agenda versus each one of them bringing a separate agenda. I think that shows the kind of unity that we need to have when we are trying to move that legislation. I think the agenda is doable.”
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