Town Hall meeting with legislators will be Tuesday

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By Denise DuBois

The East Alabama Chamber of Commerce, along with the Board of Realtors, will host a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday with state legislators Chris Blackshear and Jeremy Gray. 

During the meeting, Blackshear and Gray will give a recap of the recent legislative session and some of the changes that were made in Alabama. Blackshear said this will be a good time for people in the community to hear about the session and ask questions about happenings in the State House. 

During the legislative session, highlights include passing the gas tax. Over the next three years, gas tax will increase 10 cents per gallon.  An abortion ban bill passed. A medical marijuana commission will be formed to study and make recommendations to law makers about medical marijuana for the 2020 session. Teachers will get a four percent raise thanks to SB 192. An amendment was approved that will allow voters to decide if they want to replace the state board of education with an appointed commission and repeal the Common Core Standards. 

The legislature voted to abolish marriage licenses in the state. They also voted to establish a Prisoner Feeding Fund that will be used exclusively to feed prisoners – except at the end of each fiscal year 25 percent of the unencumbered balance may be used for jail operations or law enforcement purposes. A bill passed requiring every K-12 school to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Daily Fantasy Sports is now labeled a skill game by the state and is legal in Alabama. 

Failed measures include, but are not limited to: Medicaid Expansion, Prison Reform, the lottery, and permit-less concealed carry. 

The Town Hall will be an opportunity to discuss these measures and more. The meeting will be at the Board of Realtors building, 1906 Crawford Rd., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET. on July 9.