Local bills stand out in otherwise disappointing legislative session : Compromise made in lieu of transportation trust fund bill

Shelby County representatives have mixed thoughts on the success of the latest legislative session set to conclude Thursday in Montgomery.

State Rep. Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) said the session was &8220;disappointing&8221; on a statewide level but &8220;definitely had some bright spots locally.&8221;

After two years of calling for legislation to eliminate the position of constables, a bill introduced by Ward at the request of Shelby County law enforcement was passed last week.

Senate Bill 360, allowing the Shelby County Commission to hold a local

referendum to propose taxes or fees for traffic improvement, died in the Senate after failing to earn the support of State Sen. Hank Erwin (R-Montevallo).

That legislation, introduced by Sen. J.T. &8220;Jabo&8221; Waggoner (R-Vestavia Hills) had the support of the commission and The Partnership, a public-private consortium of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.

&8220;I couldn&8217;t in good conscience sign off on 360 with such a poor turnout at the town hall meetings,&8221; Erwin said.

However, Erwin said he and the entire Shelby County delegation support a compromise to the bill suggested by Rep. Jim McClendon (R-Springville).

Through McClendon&8217;s plan, Shelby County could hold a non-binding referendum for traffic funding during the February elections. Should that pass, Erwin said the legislative delegation would draft and support a bill to bring the plan to fruition