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  • 17 Nov 2021 1:43 PM | Lexie Larson (Administrator)


  • 17 Nov 2021 1:23 PM | Lexie Larson (Administrator)

    MONTGOMERY, ALA. – The Alabama Road Builders Association Hall of Fame, which was created to honor, preserve, and perpetuate the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of individuals and companies that have brought significant recognition to the State of Alabama in the field of transportation construction, inducted four individual members into its 2021 Hall of Fame class on October 27th.

    “The transportation construction industry is delighted about the continued support of the Alabama Road Builders’ Hall of Fame,” said Hall of Fame Board Chairman Chris Newell of Newell Roadbuilders, Inc. “Individually and collectively, this industry makes significant contributions to the advancement of engineering and technology, leading to an enhanced economic, cultural, and political future for the state and nation. Those honored will serve as symbols inspiring others to pursue rewarding and challenging careers in the transportation construction industry.”

    The ceremony, held at Montgomery Country Club, was attended by more than 200 of the industry’s pioneers and their families, and represented generations of Alabama’s transportation construction history.  

    Members of the 2021 class:         

    *Gregory Thomas Abramson – Abramson, LLC

    *Terry Jackson Bunn – S T Bunn Construction Co., Inc. 

    Donald Ray Jordan – Jordan Pile Driving, Inc.

    Donald William Vaughn – Alabama Department of Transportation (Retired)

    *Deceased

    Below are bios of all 2021 Alabama Road Builders Hall of Fame recipients.  They may be edited to fit individual profiles of the honorees for local or regional newspapers.

    Gregory Thomas Abramson – Abramson, LLC

    Following his graduation from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1977, Greg joined his father, Billy, and brother, Alan, at Abramson and Sons, a company founded by his father and grandfather. Greg’s career in the road building industry spanned the next 43 years. 

    His company, Abramson LLC, performed all kinds of miscellaneous concrete work on transportation projects in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, and Virginia. Greg was instrumental in bringing slip-form technology for constructing concrete curb, gutter, bridge rails, and barrier wall to Alabama. 

    Greg was committed to the promotion of the road building industry in Alabama. He was president of the Alabama Road Builders Association in 2008 and was a long-standing member of the Alabama Road Builders Association board of directors. He served on multiple Alabama Road Builders Association committees throughout the years and participated in legislative efforts resulting in highway revenue increases. 

    Greg was admired by his peers, competitors, clients, partners and suppliers for his work ethic, humility, loyalty, generosity, kindness, and ability to bring a sense of fairness to any situation. That reputation continues today as Abramson LLC celebrates its 66th year of business

    Terry Jackson Bunn – S T Bunn Construction Co., Inc.

    Terry Bunn began working for his father in the asphalt construction business at a young age.  Terry started, as his father would say, “just being in the way.”  He then progressed to a shovel man, and later an equipment operator.  During his summer break from school, Terry helped his father run their asphalt plant.  The work ethic he developed alongside his father and brother laid the foundation that helped him guide his industry to new levels of service.  

    After graduating from The University of West Alabama, Terry naturally gravitated toward the material side of the business.  Terry had a lot of hands-on experience during this time.  He used to laughingly say, “we would run it all day and work on it all night.”  When Terry and his brother, ST Bunn, Jr. (Sonny), purchased the business from their father in 1981, he made his sons promise the quality of their work would always meet the standard that he had set before them.  Keeping that promise to their father was the driving force that grew their business to become not only one of the biggest but also one of the best construction firms in the region.  As West Alabama grew so did the business.  Paving crews were added, and then additional plants were needed.  The business was eventually increased from a local one plant operation to five plants located throughout West Alabama by acquisitions and expansions.  

    As the number of asphalt plants increased, so did the need for asphalt materials.  The brothers realized good quality sand and gravel was getting hard to find and they saw the need for opening a rock quarry.  Terry was instrumental in establishing Bunn Brothers Materials.  The first quarry was an old, abandoned quarry that Terry found in Berry, Alabama.  After establishing this quarry, Terry evaluated different locations in Tuscaloosa County for a second quarry.  After years of multiple quarries in different locations, Terry settled on two quarries in strategic locations that benefitted the footprint of ST Bunn Construction Company. 

    Terry gave his time to promote the road building industry.  He believed a good relationship with his customers was important to be successful and worked hard to accomplish this, especially with the Alabama Department of Transportation.  Terry served as Vice President of ST Bunn Construction Company and President of Bunn Brothers Materials.  He was a past President of the Alabama Road Builders Association and served on the Board of Directors.  He was a past President of the Alabama Asphalt Association and member of its board. Terry was also a member of The University of Alabama’s President Cabinet, Alabama Trust Fund, Samford Board of Trustees, and a former deacon of First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa.   In addition, he was a member and former Chairman of The University of West Alabama Board of Trustees, where a scholarship in his name has been established.

    The impact of Terry Bunn’s life stretches far beyond his success.  He was defined by his trademark mustache, infectious smile and his calm demeaner when solving difficult problems or bidding jobs.  Terry loved his time with his family, wife Kay and two sons, TJ and Kane.  Terry hunted and fished all over the world and often took his family with him.  However, one of his greatest joys was seeing his two sons working in the business and teaching them as his father taught him.

    Donald Ray Jordan – Jordan Pile Driving, Inc.

    Donald Ray Jordan (D.R.) was born on December 4th, 1944, in Brunswick, GA to Hack and Alma Jordan.

    D.R. grew up in Ozark, AL and graduated from Carroll High School where he was President of the student body.  Active in the Boy Scouts of America, he was an Eagle Scout and received the Silver Beaver Award as well as the God and Country Award.

    He continued his education at Marion Military Institute and The University of Alabama where he received a business degree and was named Outstanding Graduating Senior from the National Alumni Association in 1967.

    After college he joined the Alabama National Guard and served as a 1st Lieutenant in the 131st Armor Tank Battalion.

    He began his construction career in 1967 by joining the family business, Jordan Pile Driving, Inc. in Ozark.

    In 1976, much of Jordan Pile Driving’s work shifted to marine related projects and D.R. opened a second branch in Mobile, AL.  Jordan Pile Driving obtained a subcontract with Brown & Root to begin construction on the I-10 “Bayway” east of downtown Mobile and the I-65 river crossing bridge north of Mobile that included 220 cofferdams. 

    As the business grew, D.R. was involved in many of the pile driving projects in all 67 counties of Alabama. Notable projects he was involved in include the five mile I-165 connector linking I-65 in Prichard with downtown Mobile; the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge and the Perdido Pass bridge in Orange Beach.

    Jordan Pile Driving was credited with the remarkable return to service in just seven days and nights of the Bayou Canot Bridge on the Mobile River Delta after the tragic Amtrak derailment in 1994.

    As he settled in Mobile, D.R. became active in community affairs, including serving as a director on the board of Regions Bank for the Mobile/Baldwin area, the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and the Seaman’s Foundation.  He is a long-time member of The University of Alabama President’s Cabinet.  Jordan served as President of two national organizations, the Pile Driving Contractors Association, and the Deep Foundations Institute.  He also served as President of the Alabama Road Builders Association.

    D.R. was recognized as Alabama’s Small Business of the year in 1994 in recognition of his company’s success and his contributions to the industry and his community.

    D.R. is a member of the Spring Hill Baptist Church.

    Since retirement in 2017, D.R. enjoys spending time with his family including children Don, Katie and Tessa and grandchildren Jordan Clair, Millie, Anna and Will.  

    He also never misses an Alabama football game.

    D.R. will be the first person to tell you that the success of Jordan Pile Driving is a result of the people who work with us.  Many of our employees have been with us over 30 years.

    2021 represents Jordan’s 75th year in business.

    Donald William Vaughn – Alabama Department of Transportation, Retired

    Donald W. Vaughn was born on August 19th, 1948, and has lived in Montgomery, AL since 1963 with his wife, Becki.  Vaughn and Becki have two children, Lindy and Russell, and five loving grandchildren. 

    Vaughn graduated from Auburn University in 1971 with a Civil Engineering degree but started working with the Alabama Highway Department in 1966 in a statewide location survey party and continued working during summer months and between quarters while attending Auburn University.  

    Upon graduation, he began full time work with the Alabama Highway Department in the Engineering Education Training Program as a Graduate Civil Engineer. Vaughn held several different positions at the Alabama Highway Department throughout the years, including but not limited to the Interstate Bureau Environmental Engineer, the Location Engineer, the Chief of Office Engineer Bureau, and was eventually appointed Chief Engineer of the Transportation Department, by the Governor, in July of 2005. 

    Vaughn is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Alabama, but has several other notable achievements including, Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame Inductee (2013) and was also the recipient of the Auburn Outstanding Civil Engineer Alumnus award in 2009. 

    Vaughn’s professional activities are extensive due to his love and dedication to the field. He currently serves on the Alabama Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Licensing Board, and the Advisory Board of the Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering (CCEE) Department at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He has previously served on several other boards throughout the state including, but not limited to, the AASHTO Traffic Safety Committee, the AASHTO US Route Numbering Committee, the Civil Engineering Industry Liaison Council at Auburn University, the Alabama Enterprise Zone Advisory council, just to mention a few. 

    Don is a member of Church of the Ascension in Montgomery, AL where he is an Usher, serves on the Finance Committee, Stewardship Committee, and Driving Ministry. He is Head of Planning for mature member outside activities and was also elected to the Vestry in 2011. 

    While it’s no secret Don loves the great state of Alabama, it is obvious he has great pride for our country as well. Vaughn retired at rank of Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves Civil Engineer Corps.

    Throughout his career, Vaughn was committed to excellence in transportation and made an enormous impact on the lives of Alabamians. His career accomplishments are only a small tribute to his abilities as an engineer and as a leader. 

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    The Alabama Road Builders Association was incorporated in 1947, and is the only Alabama association that exclusively represents the collective interests of all sectors of Alabama’s transportation construction Industry.

  • 28 Sep 2021 7:57 AM | Lexie Larson (Administrator)

    Act 2021-372 Passage

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  • 27 Aug 2021 12:34 PM | Lexie Larson (Administrator)

    ALDOT

    August 27, 2021 Transportation Letting 

    As Read Bids

    The Asphalt Indexes for the Month of August 2021: 

    ACI - $2.21

    EAI- $2.44

    The Construction Fuel Index for the Month of August 2021: 

    $2.11

  • 8 Jul 2021 7:57 AM | Lexie Larson (Administrator)

    Construction Material Costs Survey


    Much has been written about the incredible price increases in some construction materials over the past year including steel, lumber, resins, etc. This has not just been an Alabama problem, but one affecting our industry nationwide.  

    In an attempt to get a better understanding of the impact to certain segments of industry, particularly bridge builders, guardrail, stripers etc., the Alabama Road Builders Association would like to ask anyone in the industry - members and non-members - that you send us:

    1.  A brief explanation of any losses sustained due to price increases; and

    2.  Total amount of losses due to the difference from quote to purchase of material for any job awarded since November 2020 to June 2021 here in Alabama.

    Quantifying the impact will help us better explain the issue to industry and non-industry parties alike to paint a clearer picture of both the problem and the actual impacts.  There is no need to include your business name.  We are looking for an industry-wide number.

    Please email Tom Layfield with your responses and questions regarding this survey.

  • 20 May 2021 8:29 AM | Lexie Larson (Administrator)

    NSSGA Applauds Senate Introduction of The ROCKS Act

    ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs Michele Stanley issued the following statement after Sens. Mark Kelly (AZ) and Rob Portman (OH) introduced the Rebuilding Our Communities by Keeping aggregates Sustainable (ROCKS) Act. This Senate companion to H.R. 611 helps to build off of NSSGA’s work of gathering cosponsors in the House bill.

    “We want to applaud Sen. Mark Kelly (AZ) and Sen. Rob Portman (OH) for introducing the Rebuilding Our Communities by Keeping Aggregates Sustainable (ROCKS) Act. We are grateful of their leadership to advance this bipartisan legislation, that promotes sustainable access to needed construction materials, which will improve the lives of all Americans.

    “Aggregates are the second most utilized product in the world and are the bedrock in the creation of buildings, roads, airports and bridges. They are indispensable in developing the infrastructure needed to access to clean water, deliver reliable energy and advance environmental stewardship. It is imperative that all communities have access to these essential resources as we work together to improve our outdated infrastructure. Sustainable, local access to aggregate materials improves construction costs, extends taxpayer dollars, reduces congestion and leads to better environmental outcomes.

    “We urge all Senators to cosponsor this critical legislation that demonstrates the importance of crushed stone, sand and gravel as essential for local communities.”

  • 18 May 2021 12:12 PM | Lexie Larson (Administrator)

    ARBA FINAL LEGISLATIVE REPORT 2021- Regular Session

    SAVE THE DATE

    2021 ARBA Convention - July 18-21
    Omni Homestead - Hot Springs, VA.  
    The contract is being finalized and registration material will be out this week.  Please make plans to join President Jeff Webb for this outstanding trip.


    The 2021 Regular Session has adjourned Sine Die

    The Alabama Legislature finished up their work on the 2021 Regular Session late last night.  Among the many issues that were addressed included final passage of the conference committee report of the General Fund budget in the House. Chairman Steve Clause (R-Ozark) took it up early and walked the members through the changes, which included some $900,000 in additional funds from what had passed the senate earlier this session putting this year's budget at a record setting $2.4 billion.  I recall when the General Fund budget passed the $1 billion mark during my tenure with Governor Fob James back in 1997.  Much of the increase in expense can still be traced to three sources: Corrections, Medicaid, and healthcare expenses for state employees.  Some things never change including the fact that the legislature could not figure out how to pass a lottery or gambling bill… again!

    ARBA BILLS - While we did not pass the very important changes to our contractor liability law, we had a very successful session making this quadrennium one of the most successful in ARBA history.

    Sales Tax Exemption PASSES — SB 99 by Sen. Tom Whatley (R-Auburn)/ HB 340 by Rep. David Faulkner (R-Birmingham) - This bill restores the sales tax exemption on materials to ALDOT projects saving millions.

    Work Zone Safety PASSES - SB 4 by Sen. Allen (R-Tuscaloosa) was approved by the house  and sent to the governor for her signature.  This bill lumps all moving violations into one statute that raises the penalty for violations when workers are present to the greater of $250 or double the fine.  

    The bill, however, was returned with an executive amendment to make a technical correction caused by the passage of an expungement bill - SB 117, which put Alabama in violation of a 
    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rule.  They informed ALEA that passage of SB117, now Act 2021-286, put Alabama in violation of 49 CFR 384.226 that addresses masking of violations of those with a commercial drivers license.  The penalty for this is 4% of federal funds the first year and up to 8% any subsequent years.  According to 49 CFR 384.401, this would hit all Federal-aid highway funds including ALDOT's, not just ALEA.  Our bill was used simply as a vehicle to correct this issue because there was not enough time in the session to introduce a new bill and our subject matter was sufficient to attach the language.

    Indemnity  PASSES- SB 220 by Sen. Scofield (R-Guntersville) prohibits private parties to a road and bridge contract from requiring indemnification for their own errors and omissions.  Thanks to our bill sponsors - Rep. McMillan (R-Bay Minette) and Sen. Scofield (R-Guntersville).

    Contractor Liability WILL NOT PASS SB 248 by Sen. Scofield (R-Guntersville) - It was anticipated that passing a bill this contentious was going to be a challenge and it proved to be true.  I think the best takeaway is that the legislature and leadership have a much more keen understanding this issue and have pledged to keep pursuing common ground.  Thank you to our bill sponsor, Senator Clay Scofield (R-Guntersville), for all his efforts on our behalf.   

  • 17 May 2021 11:57 AM | Lexie Larson (Administrator)

    ARBA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 5-7-21

    The 2021 Regular Session is almost a wrap!

    And, one final legislative day remains before the Alabama Legislature adjourns the 2021 Regular Session for good.

    This week, the House floor focused almost exclusively on the medical marijuana bill.  And while it may not have been discussed very much on the floor, the comprehensive gaming/lottery legislation was also a hot topic for the house.  As the House engaged in filibusters, the Senate gave final passage to several important pieces of legislation including bills supported by the Alabama Innovation Commission.  Outside of chambers, the group of legislators charged with overseeing the drafting of redistricting maps held its first meeting and adopted its framework for the process.
     
    Medical Marijuana - While Senate Bill 46, legislation sponsored by Sen. Tim Melson (R-Florence) that legalized cannabis use for certain medicinal purposes, passed the Senate in February, it wasn’t until this week that the bill finally made its way to the House floor.  In a rare move, the legislation had been referred by Speaker McCutcheon to two House committees, Health and Judiciary, each of which made numerous changes to the Senate-passed version of the bill.  So, when Rep. Mike Ball (R-Huntsville) stepped to the podium Tuesday afternoon, opponents to the legislation were able to use these committee changes to lengthen what would have already been a long debate to 9 long hours of discussion.  This forced the house to adjourn and take up the bill on Thursday morning.  If signed into law, Senate Bill 46 would make Alabama the 37th state to legalize medical marijuana in some form.  Rather than being smoked or vaped, Melson’s bill would only allow for cannabis doses to be prescribed in tasteless pill form and only for certain medical purposes.
     
    Gambling - The House has yet to pass either a constitutional amendment allowing citizens to vote on approving a lottery or the ever-important enabling legislation that would be triggered in the event the amendment was ratified.  With that, things look doubtful.  A group of conservative Republicans is staunchly opposed to the bill, meaning support from House Democrats would be crucial for the bill to pass.  Yet, the Democrats report that they have been largely left out of behind-the-scenes negotiations over the bill, chilling their support.  There are also significant disagreements over how existing gaming sites would be treated, the level of influence the Poarch Band of Creek Indians have, and how gaming revenue would be distributed.  Next week’s legislative break might provide opponents and proponents with a perfect opportunity to hammer out these differences, but those chances seem slimmer than ever to anyone who watched yesterday’s House floor debate.
     
    Innovation Bills - The Alabama Senate gave final passage to two bills recommended by the newly created Alabama Innovation Commission.  The first, House Bill 540 by Rep. Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa), establishes the Alabama Innovation Corporation, a public-private partnership promoting entrepreneurship, rural businesses, research and development, and advanced technology skills.  The second, House Bill 609 by Rep. Jeremy Gray (D-Opelika), creates the Innovate Alabama Matching Grant Program, which will provide matching funds to federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Research awardees.
     
    Reapportionment - The US Census Bureau recently announced that Alabama would retain all 7 of its current seats in the US House of Representatives, but that county- and city-specific Census data may not be available for a few more months.  That information is vital to legislatures such as Alabama’s because it forms the basis for drawing the boundary lines for congressional, state House, state Senate, and state Board of Education seats.  The committee charged with overseeing this process, the Joint Reapportionment Committee, held its first meeting of the year this week to begin discussing the framework by which the redistricting maps would be crafted.  Led by Rep. Chris Pringle (R-Mobile) and Sen. Jim McClendon (R-Springville), the most significant change in the latest guidelines, according to one report, relates to population deviation between districts. During the last redistricting process, map makers endeavored to draw state legislative districts within 1% of the same population totals. This year they will allow for a 5% deviation.  The committee plans to host a series of public meetings around the state to allow for citizen input.  Redistricting maps require legislative approval, which usually is achieved during a special session devoted to the topic. 
     
    Stats - Through 29 of a possible 30 legislative days, representatives and senators have introduced 1,047 bills – 648 in the House and 405 in the Senate – and 421 resolutions.  As of this writing, 390 of these measures have been enacted into law.  The session will end on May 17.  Unless they are called into a special session beforehand, Legislators will subsequently return to Montgomery on Jan. 11, 2022, for next year’s regular session.

    ARBA BILLS - While we did not pass the very important changes to our contractor liability law, we had a very successful session making this quadrennium one of the most successful in our history.

    Sales Tax Exemption PASSES — SB 99 by Sen. Tom Whatley (R-Auburn)/ HB 340 by Rep. David Faulkner (R-Birmingham) - This bill will return the sales tax exemption on materials to ALDOT projects saving millions in costs.


    Work Zone Safety bill PASSES - SB 4 by Sen. Allen (R-Tuscaloosa) was approved by the house  and has gone to the governor for her signature.  This bill lumps all moving violations into one statute that raises the penalty for violations when workers are present to the greater of $250 or double the fine.  

    The bill, however, will be returned with an executive amendment to make a technical correction caused by the passage of an expungement bill - SB 117.  
    This is needed because the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration informed ALEA that passage of SB117, now Act 2021-286, put Alabama in violation of 49 CFR 384.226 that addresses masking of violations of those with a commercial drivers license.  The penalty for this is 4% of FHWA funds the first year and up to 8% any subsequent years.  According to 49 CFR 384.401, this would hit all Federal-aid highway funds including ALDOT's, not just ALEA.  Our bill is is being used as the vehicle to correct this issue because there is not enough time in the session to introduce a new bill and our subject matter was sufficient to attach the language.

    INDEMNITY - SB 220 by Sen. Scofield (R-Guntersville) HAS BEEN SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR- This bill prohibits private parties to a road and bridge contract from requiring indemnification for their own errors and omissions.  Thanks to our bill sponsors - Rep. McMillan (R-Bay Minette) and Sen. Scofield (R-Guntersville).

    Contractor Liability bill WILL NOT PASS SB 248 by Sen. Scofield (R-Guntersville) - It was anticipated that passing a bill this contentious was going to be a challenge and it proved to be true.  I think the best takeaway is that the legislature and leadership have a much more keen understanding this issue and have pledged to keep pursuing common ground.  Thank you to our bill sponsor, Senator Clay Scofield (R-Guntersville), for all his efforts on our behalf.   


    Other bills of interest

    Maximum Vehicle Width - HB 600 by Rep. Smith (R-Billingsly) - This bill would provide for a uniform vehicle width of 102". 

    Driving in Left Lane - HB 505 by Rep. Phillip Pettus (R-Killen) - Dept. of Transportation required to post signs giving notice of restrictions against driving vehicle in leftmost lane.  This bill has passed the house.

    Local Gas Tax - SB 281 by Sen. Shelnutt (R-Trussville)/ HB 556 by Rep. Sells (R-Greenville) - This bill would require a city or county that increases local gas tax to use it on roads and bridges or hold a referendum to use it another way.  It also limits the number of years it may be pledged for debt.  This bill was approved by a senate committee over the objection of the League of Municipalities.

    Surface Mining Commission - HB 582 by Rep. Connie Rowe (R-Jasper) - this bill would move their monthly meeting requirement to every two months.

    Professional Services for Design Contracts - HB 587 by Rep. Chip Brown (R-Mobile) / SB 261 by Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) - These bills deal with indemnification and other contractual issues for design engineers.  It appears the vertical construction world has been satisfied though the senate bill has not been given a chance for debate by the full senate.  The house bill was just introduced this week.
  • 17 May 2021 8:00 AM | Lexie Larson (Administrator)

    ARBA Legislative Update 4-30-21

    Budgets - Both chambers moved the state's two budgets closer to passage this week.  The Senate Finance & Taxation General Fund Committee approved a $2.48 billion General Fund budget.  The House passed a $7.67 billion Education Trust Fund budget that must go to conference to work out differences with the senate.

    The legislature has just three days remaining with them planning to meet two days next week and then the final day on May 17th.

    Medical marijuana, lottery/gambling and the budgets are the remaining big-ticket items to be addressed this year.

    ARBA BILLS
    Sales Tax Exemption
     PASSES — SB 99 by Sen. Tom Whatley (R-Auburn)/ HB 340 by Rep. David Faulkner (R-Birmingham) - This bill will return the sales tax exemption on materials to ALDOT projects saving millions in costs.

    Work Zone Safety bill PASSES - SB 4 by Sen. Allen (R-Tuscaloosa) was approved by the house  and has gone to the governor for her signature.  This bill lumps all moving violations into one statute that raises the penalty for violations when workers are present to the greater of $250 or double the fine.  

    The bill, however, will be returned with an executive amendment to make a technical correction caused by the passage of an expungement bill - SB 117.  
    This is needed because the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration informed ALEA that passage of SB117, now Act 2021-286, put Alabama in violation of 49 CFR 384.226 that addresses masking of violations of those with a commercial drivers license.  The penalty for this is 4% of FHWA funds the first year and up to 8% any subsequent years.  According to 49 CFR 384.401, this would hit all Federal-aid highway funds including ALDOT's, not just ALEA.  Our bill is is being used as the vehicle to correct this issue because there is not enough time in the session to introduce a new bill and our subject matter was sufficient to attach the language.

    INDEMNITY - SB 220 by Sen. Scofield (R-Guntersville) HAS BEEN SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR- This bill prohibits private parties to a road and bridge contract from requiring indemnification for their own errors and omissions.  Thanks to our bill sponsors - Rep. McMillan (R-Bay Minette) and Sen. Scofield (R-Guntersville).

    Contractor Liability bill WILL NOT PASS SB 248 by Sen. Scofield (R-Guntersville) - It was anticipated that passing a bill this contentious was going to be a challenge and it proved to be true.  I think the best takeaway is that the legislature and leadership have a much more keen understanding this issue and have pledged to keep pursuing common ground.  Thank you to our bill sponsor, Senator Clay Scofield (R-Guntersville), for all his efforts on our behalf.   


    Other bills of interest

    Maximum Vehicle Width - HB 600 by Rep. Smith (R-Billingsly) - This bill would provide for a uniform vehicle width of 102". 

    Driving in Left Lane - HB 505 by Rep. Phillip Pettus (R-Killen) - Dept. of Transportation required to post signs giving notice of restrictions against driving vehicle in leftmost lane.  This bill has passed the house.

    Local Gas Tax - SB 281 by Sen. Shelnutt (R-Trussville)/ HB 556 by Rep. Sells (R-Greenville) - This bill would require a city or county that increases local gas tax to use it on roads and bridges or hold a referendum to use it another way.  It also limits the number of years it may be pledged for debt.  This bill was approved by a senate committee over the objection of the League of Municipalities.

    Surface Mining Commission - HB 582 by Rep. Connie Rowe (R-Jasper) - this bill would move their monthly meeting requirement to every two months.

    Professional Services for Design Contracts - HB 587 by Rep. Chip Brown (R-Mobile) / SB 261 by Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) - These bills deal with indemnification and other contractual issues for design engineers.  It appears the vertical construction world has been satisfied though the senate bill has not been given a chance for debate by the full senate.  The house bill was just introduced this week.
  • 17 May 2021 7:30 AM | Lexie Larson (Administrator)

    ARBA Legislative Update 4-23-21

    The legislature has completed 25 of 30 legislative days leaving just five days for us to get two of our four bills to the governor for her signature.  The legislature has still not passed the budgets, which is what is taking precedent now.  


    The House Ways and Means Committee on Education approved a version of the Education Trust Fund Budget Thursday that is about $3 million less than the about $3 million less than the Senate- passed version, for a grand total of $7.670 billion for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.  This is a $452 million increase over the current year and would be the largest education budget in Alabama history.  It provides a 2% raise for education employees from K-12 to two-year colleges and invests in a new incentive pay program to bolster math and science in K-12.  The education budget is scheduled for floor consideration in the House on Tuesday. 
     
    The state’s other main operating budget, the $2.474 billion General Fund, is pending in the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee on the General Fund and should move this coming week.

    ARBA bills:  SB 4 by Sen. Allen (R-Tuscaloosa) was on the house agenda yesterday, but they adjourned before taking action on it.  HB 340, the sales tax exemption, was approved by a senate committee this week and awaits action by the full senate.  SB 220 by Sen. Scofield on indemnity was signed by the governor on Tuesday and becomes effective immediately.  Contractor liability will not pass this year.


    Sales Tax Exemption clears Senate Finance & Taxation Education Committee — SB 99 by Sen. Tom Whatley (R-Auburn)/ HB 340 by Rep. David Faulkner (R-Birmingham) - This bill will return the sales tax exemption on materials to ALDOT projects.  Final passage in the senate could come as soon as Tuesday.

    INDEMNITY - SB 220 by Sen. Scofield (R-Guntersville) HAS BEEN SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR- This bill would prohibit private parties to a road and bridge contract from requiring someone to indemnify another for their own errors and omissions.  Thanks to our bill sponsors - Rep. McMillan (R-Bay Minette) and Sen. Scofield.

    Contractor Liability bill WILL NOT PASS SB 248 by Sen. Scofield (R-Guntersville) - It was anticipated that passing a bill this contentious was going to be a challenge and it proved to be true.  I think the best takeaway is that the legislature and leadership have a much more keen understanding of issues that we face and have pledged to keep pursuing common ground.  Thank you to our bill sponsor, Senator Clay Scofield (R-Guntersville), for all his efforts on our behalf.   


    Work Zone Safety - HB 245 by Rep. Lynn Greer (R-Rogersville) / SB 4 by Sen. Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa) — This bill increases the penalty for any moving violation in a work zone with workers present to the greater of $250 or double the fine.  HB 245 was approved by the House Transportation Committee and awaits final passage in the senate..  SB 4 has passed the senate and awaits final passage by the house.


    Other bills of interest
    Maximum Vehicle Width - HB 600 by Rep. Smith (R-Billingsly) - This bill would provide for a uniform vehicle width of 102". 

    Driving in Left Lane - HB 505 by Rep. Phillip Pettus (R-Killen) - Dept. of Transportation required to post signs giving notice of restrictions against driving vehicle in leftmost lane.  This bill has passed the house.

    Local Gas Tax - SB 281 by Sen. Shelnutt (R-Trussville)/ HB 556 by Rep. Sells (R-Greenville) - This bill would require a city or county that increases local gas tax to use it on roads and bridges or hold a referendum to use it another way.  It also limits the number of years it may be pledged for debt.  This bill was approved by a senate committee over the objection of the League of Municipalities.

    Surface Mining Commission - HB 582 by Rep. Connie Rowe (R-Jasper) - this bill would move their monthly meeting requirement to every two months.

    Professional Services for Design Contracts - HB 587 by Rep. Chip Brown (R-Mobile) / SB 261 by Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) - These bills deal with indemnification and other contractual issues for design engineers.  It appears the vertical construction world has been satisfied though the senate bill has not been given a chance for debate by the full senate.  The house bill was just introduced this week.
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