by Martha Smith
The Alabama Senate will be finishing up their 2021 session this month with several important bills now sitting at the House, awaiting floor action. Of these are the Gaming Bill and the Medical Marijuana bill. If any changes are made to the bills by the House, they will return to the Senate for one week. Once there, the Senate will either concur with the changes, or they will go to Conference Committee. This committee is comprised of three members from the House and three members from the Senate. Both parties will discuss changes, hopefully reaching a compromise, wherein the bills will then go back to both bodies for a vote to concur with the agreement.
Local Economic Development Leader, Goodrich “Dus” Rogers has been named to the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees. Mr. Rogers has an extensive and impressive resume serving Northeast Alabama over the span of his career. Dus most recently has been leading the Business Development efforts at Farmers Telecommunications in Rainsville.
ATLANTA – FEMA has proposed updates to the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for Jackson County, Alabama. Community stakeholders are encouraged to review the updated maps to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance implications and may submit comments and appeals during the upcoming 90-day appeal and comment period.
Following the April 9 mask mandate expiration in the State of Alabama, Highlands Medical Center will continue to require staff, patients and visitors to wear a mask when inside the facility. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, masks remain one of the most successful tools to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
If you walk into the Jackson County Legislative Delegation office, (located on 100 East Peachtree Street in downtown Scottsboro), you’re likely to speak to the first person you see, and that is Juliana Harper, the Executive Director of the Jackson County Legislative Office.