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Local legislation approaches final approval

May 2—Two units of native legislation from Reps. Corey Harbison and Randall Shedd — each Republicans representing parts of Cullman County — have superior and wait final Senate approval.

Shedd stated his two sponsored payments, HB457 and HB354, are supposed to scrub up a neighborhood legislation which went into impact final yr to dissolve the Cullman County Community Development Commission.

Since its creation by a legislative act in 2009 till its abolishment final yr, the CCCDC used 50 p.c of state alcohol taxes and three p.c of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s in-lieu-of tax funds obtained by Cullman County to fund group tasks centered on financial growth, training, conservation and fireplace safety.

Prior to final yr’s HB224, every member of the Cullman County Legislative Delegation, comprised of Harbison, Shedd, Rep. Tim Wadsworth and Sen. Garlan Gudger, appointed one board member to the CCCDC Board in addition to one collectively appointed member. HB224 dissolved the CCCDC and gave the delegates themselves the authority to distribute funds underneath the identical set of necessities.

Shedd stated HB457 amends language which required the portion of funds derived from alcohol taxes solely be dispersed throughout the districts which they have been collected which gave Gudger and Harbison virtually unique management over the fund.

“The way that it is set up now is that revenue generated in those districts has to be spent only within those districts and we wanted to make a change to where it could be spent elsewhere, because sometimes you need infrastructure to actually get to those districts,” Shedd stated.

Although Shedd is listed because the lone sponsor for the invoice, Harbison stated it was filed with full help from the opposite members of the delegation.

“Basically the law says that [how the funds are spent] is up to mine and Garlan’s discretion. When I found out about that I went to Randall and Tim and told them residents in their districts spend and work in these areas as well and that we are all in this together and that we needed to get this changed so that they could get their fair share of those funds as well,” Harbison stated.

Harbison stated members have used the TVA portion of the funds for varied tasks over the past yr reminiscent of, awarding grants to native fireplace departments and to make repairs to the White City and Brushy Pond group facilities. He stated because of the considerations from the Examiners of Public Accounts the alcohol tax funds had gathered roughly $100,000.

These funds, he stated, have been used to help the Cullman County Commission in repairing a sinkhole which appeared after a storm drain collapsed underneath County Road 222 close to its intersection with I-65 earlier this yr.

Harbison has sponsored his personal trifecta of native payments, all of which cope with the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office.

He stated just like HB457, HB369 additionally fulfills a request from the Examiners of Public Accounts Office.

“The sheriff’s office has had a credit card that they’ve been able to use since the nineties, but for some reason the examiner’s office has come in now and said they wanted them to have legislative approval for them to be able to use that credit card,” Harbison stated.

Near similar legislation has additionally been authorised for Chilton and Montgomery Counties this yr.

HB370 amends the present CCSO coverage of permitting deputies in good standing to be awarded their service-issued pistol upon retirement. Harbison’s invoice would enable deputies to maintain “a weapon furnished by the department.”

“All it does it let them keep any weapon. So, if they were issued a shotgun or an A-R or anything like that, they would be able to keep those also,” Harbison stated.

Harbison’s final invoice would enable the CCSO to, underneath sure circumstances, promote any “abandoned and stolen firearms,” within the departments possession.

Harbison stated the CCSO have gathered a big assortment of firearms at the moment being held in storage. Current coverage requires the division to obtain a court docket order permitting them to destroy the weapons. Harbison stated his invoice would hold the identical necessities for a court docket order, however would additionally enable the division to promote the weapons as a income supply.

The CCSO would solely be allowed to promote firearms to gun sellers who’ve maintained an energetic license within the state for at the very least one yr.

“Instead of having to destroy the weapons this allows the sheriff to follow the state and federal laws to auction them off through a licensed firearms dealer. Instead of having to pay to have to destroy them at least they generate a little bit of money back,” he stated.

The invoice would additionally require the CCSO to keep up a separate and everlasting report of all deserted and stolen firearms with a whole description, the date and site during which it was found and any serial or different figuring out numbers on the firearm.

Before firearms would allowed to be offered all the following standards would must be met:

* It has been correctly recorded based on the invoice.

* It has been within the possession of the CCSO for a minimum of one yr.

* The proprietor has not tried to say the firearm.

Harbison stated the CCSO has organized for the Cullman County District Attorney’s Office to deal with all the administrative court docket filings wanted to acquire authorization to promote the firearms in alternate for 30 p.c of the income generated from the auctions.

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