Occupational tax bill and accountability bill pass in the House

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:

Yeas
Black (did not vote on first vote)
Boyd (did not vote on first vote)
Coleman
Gordon
Guin (did not vote on first vote)
Hilliard
Howard
McCampbell
Moore M.
Morrow
Newton D.
Robinson O.
Rogers
Scott
Thomas J. (did not vote on first vote)
Todd
Williams J.

Nays
Allen
Bentley
Canfield
DeMarco
Drake
Grimes (did not vote on first vote)
Hill
McClendon
McClurkin
Moore P.
Oden
Payne
Thomas E.
Treadaway
Ward

Abstentions
Baker A.
Ball
Barton
Beasley
Beck
Boothe (did not vote on first vote)
Bridges
Clouse
Collier
Davis
Faust
Fields (did not vote on first vote)
Fincher
Fite
Ford
Galliher
Gaston
Gipson (did not vote on first vote)
Hammon
Hubbard
Hurst
Ison
Laird
Lewis
Lindsey
McCutcheon
McDaniel
McLaughlin
Millican
Sanderford
Sherer (voted nay on first vote)
Taylor
Thigpen
Williams P.
Wood
Wren

Not Voting
Mr. Speaker
Baker L.
Bandy
Buskey (voted yes in first vote)
Curtis
Dukes
England
Graham
Grantland
Greeson
Hall
Harper
Hinshaw
Holmes
Irons
Jackson
Johnson
Kennedy
Letson (abstained in first vote)
Love (abstained in first vote)
Martin
Mask
McClammy
McMillan (abstained in first vote)
Mitchell
Newton C.
Page
Robinson J.
Salaam
Shiver
Spicer
Vance
Warren
White (abstained in first vote)

Absent
Knight