MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - Lawmakers are one step closer to putting into law a new occupational job tax and accountability bill for Jefferson County.
On Wednesday morning, the State House approved both bills. Now both will move onto the Senate, where the debate we are told could get pretty heated.
The House of Representatives voted 17 to 15 to approve a new Jefferson County occupational tax. The occupational bill would tax workers .45 percent and would require professionals to also pay the tax which they are now exempt from paying. The bill also calls for a vote in 2012 to phase the tax out over a five year period.
Also passed today was the accountability bill which would require the county commission to hire a county manager and a comptroller to manage the county's finances.
Commission President Bettye Fine Collins commented shortly after the votes were cast. She says she is not happy with this bill and hopes changes can be made when the Senate takes it up for consideration.
The Senate could meet today at 5:00 p.m. It is expected that the full Senate could begin debating these bills on Friday. A vote could come Friday and if approved and everything goes smoothly it could go to the Governor's desk Friday afternoon.
Below are how members of the Alabama House of Representatives voted on Wednesday in regards to a bill proposed by Rep. John Rogers to reinstate Jefferson County's occupational tax.
The vote failed on the first attempt, but passed on the second attempt. The roll call of the second vote is below, with a notation beside each legislator who changed his or her vote.
Representatives are listed by last name.
First vote: 14 yeas, 15 nays, 36 abstention, 37 not voting, 1 absent
Second vote: 17 yeas, 15 nays, 36 abstention, 34 not voting, 1 absent
Second vote roll call:
Black (did not vote on first vote)
Boyd (did not vote on first vote)
Guin (did not vote on first vote)
Thomas J. (did not vote on first vote)
Grimes (did not vote on first vote)
Boothe (did not vote on first vote)
Fields (did not vote on first vote)
Gipson (did not vote on first vote)
Sherer (voted nay on first vote)
Buskey (voted yes in first vote)
Letson (abstained in first vote)
Love (abstained in first vote)
McMillan (abstained in first vote)
White (abstained in first vote)