Welcome to Shelby County Legislative Delegation Office

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Our website is here to better connect the citizens of Shelby county with their legislators. On our "Home" page, you will find videos and email links to of each delegate, as well as, updates on what your legislators are doing  around the state and county.

The "Contact Us" page has an email form that comes directly to my email mailbox, but there is also an email address, physical address, contact number, and fax number listed.

Please feel free to contact me or any members of the delegation with your questions. We hope you find this website helpful and look forward to working with you on making Alabama a better place to live.

Mimi W. Penhale
Legislative Director


Representative Dickie Drake

Representative E. Richard (Dickie) Drake was first elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in a special election in 2011.

He served 42 years in the military and is a retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant. During that time, he served in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Kosovo, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Representative Drake flew 102 combat sorties with over 500 hours of combat time. He has 31 military awards including: Meritorious Service Medal; Air Medal with 4 devices; Aerial Achievement Medal with 2 devices; Air Force Commendation Medal with 2 devices; Air Force Achievement Medal with 2 devices; Southwest Asia Service Medal with star; Kosovo Campaign Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; and Iraqi Campaign Medal. Among his awards are the coveted Colonel Leo Thorsness Veteran Award and the National Patrick Henry Award.

Representative Drake participates in numerous charitable and philanthropic community groups, coached youth baseball 17 years, and serves on the Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee. He is past president and current board member of the Leeds Historical Society as well as a current board member of the Leeds Chamber of Commerce. He is also past vice-president of the Leeds Jaycees; past president of Leeds Youth Baseball where he served two terms; charter member of Leeds Exchange Club; member of the Chief’s Council, 117 ARW, and a member of the E-9 Association of the State of Alabama. He serves as a member of the advisory board for Lehigh Hanson as well as for Three Hots and a Cot, an organization for homeless veterans. Representative Drake is a member of the Military Stability and Job Creation Commission. He is also a Deacon of the Leeds First Baptist Church.

He has been married to the former Anita Smith for 44 years and they have two sons; Heath (Ashley) and Jared; five grandchildren: Lexi, Jackson, Colin, Colton and Addye. Both of his sons serve our country in the military as officers; Heath as a Company Commander (MP) USAR and Jared as a Pilot (Aircraft Commander and IP) USAF.

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Director's Update

2018 Regular Session Delegation Bills

By Mimi Penhale, Legislative Director


The 2018 Regular Legislative Session began on January 9, 2018. In a typical year, session begins sometime in late February, but in the last year of the quadrennium, session begins much earlier. By beginning in January on an election year, individuals who are involved with the legislative process are able to finish their work in Montgomery earlier in the year, allowing them time to focus on campaigns in their districts before the primaries in June.

This session, will again focus on budgets, but this time around the Legislature will focus on funding mental healthcare in the state prison system and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Prison’s have been a major concern for our state over the last few years, but this year is different due to the state being court ordered to improve mental health care in prisons. At this point, the goal is to find funding for the program that will meet the guidelines set out by the court order.  The Legislature is also concerned that it will have to provide funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, since the federal government has not renewed funding for the program at this time. One good thing for the General Fund Budget is that Medicaid is not asking for more money this year; instead, they are working on a surplus from last years budget. This will free up some funds to help address the previously discussed issues facing our legislators.

Being the last year in this legislative cycle, we typically see less bills filled and legislation tends to be less controversial, due to many members of the Legislature seeking reelection. This is by no means a rule, it is just the typical atmosphere found in politics. For a breakdown of what kind of bills the Shelby Delegation has prefilled for this session, see below:

Rep. Jim Carns has no bills prefilled for this session. Rep. Carns is serving as the Chair of both the Commerce and Small Business Committee and the Jefferson County Delegation, as well as, serving on the Children and Senior Advocacy, the Shelby County Delegation, and the County and Municipal Government Committees.

Rep. Dickie Drake has four bills filed, at this time. These bills focus on military issues, which are very important to Rep. Drake, as he continues to serve as Vice Chair of the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. Two of the bills focus on giving veterans free admission to all state parks and giving preference on competitive state bids to vendors owned by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also has some local legislation for Leeds, Alabama and that would remove the legislative procedure that a bill must be read at length prior to final passage.

Rep. Ellis is entering his second session as a legislator. He has one bill this session that would require certain evidence of comparable sales or leases to be admissible in taxpayer appeals for the rulings of boards of equalization fixing value of commercial property. He will continue to serve on the Local Legislation and Shelby County Delegation Committees, as well as Fiscal Responsibility and Ways and Means Education Committees.  

Rep. Allen Farley has filed one bill this session. The bill is local legislation for the Pleasant Grove area. Rep. Farley is serving as the Vice Chair of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, as well as serving as a member of the Children and Senior Advocacy, Judiciary, Shelby County Delegation, and Jefferson County Delegation Committees.

Rep. Matt Fridy has seven bills he is currently carrying this session. The bills range from laws that would effect the Alabama Family Trust Corporation, the Alabama Uniform Voidable Transfers Act, workers compensation laws related to spousal benefits extending past remarriage, and changes to the Alabama Assistance and Service Animal Integrity in Housing Act.  Rep. Fridy is also carrying two bills at would help stop attorneys from pressuring individuals to peruse litigation following an accident, by increasing the penalties on attorneys and making traffic reports confidential.  He is also carrying a bill that would put into law that parents have the right to direct upbringing, education, care, and custody of their children.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Rep. Arnold Mooney has filed twelve bills so far, this session. His bills focus on a variety of issues, including; changes to the eminent domain law, decreasing the cost of pre-trial intervention for individuals who drive under the influence, allowing schools to display the Ten Commandments and “In God we trust” without penalty, increasing eligibility requirements for TANF and SNAP recipients, and exempting rooms and spaces that are not used for overnight accommodations from the Lodging tax, to name a few. Notably, he is also carrying legislation that would place private sewer systems under the regulation of the Public Service Commission.

Rep. April Weaver is had filled ten bills this session. Her bills focus mostly on Healthcare issues, such as; tax credits for rural nurse practitioners, palliative and end of life legislation for adults and minors, legislation that would create a review committee for the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, penalizing the trafficking of Fentanyl, and legislation that relates to the Nursing Board. Rep. Weaver also has legislation related to Conservation and Natural Resources, which would make criminal penalties only applicable for intentional violations.

Sen. Slade Blackwell has three pre-filed bills. His bills are all amendments to previous laws; changes to the council manager act of 1982, term limit changes for Craft Training Board members, and continued education legislation for the Insurance Department.  Sen. Blackwell is again serving as the Banking and Insurance Chair, as well as serving on Confirmations, Finance and Taxation Education, Health and Human Services, and Jefferson and Shelby County Delegations.

Sen. Jim McClendon, who serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Health Committee, has filled six bills so far this session. This year, his legislation is ranges from changes to unemployment compensation benefits, reclassifying treasures and artifacts as cultural resources so they are eligible for or listed in National Register of Historic Places, allowing physician assistants, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners authority to sign forms which may be signed by a physician, legislation related to the State Department of Education and Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and their ability to consult with Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind to track progress in deaf and hard-of-hearing children, and establish the Alabama Cold War Victory Medal Act. One of Sen. McClendon’s most notable pieces of legislation is his legislation that would shorten the election cycle for special elections to one general election.

Sen. Jabo Waggoner is carrying two bills, so far, this session. His prefilled bills are regarding how the salary for the Securities Commission is set and an amendment to how motor vehicles are to be managed while overtaking and passing other vehicles. He will continue to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee and the Jefferson County Delegation, as well as, Vice Chair of the Senate Confirmations Committee and a member of six other Senate committees.

Sen. Cam Ward has filed seventeen bills this session. His large list of legislation focuses on a variety of things, a few of which are changes to the criminal code, amendments to sex offender public notices, increasing penalties for human trafficking, changes to the eminent domain law, weed abatement and municipal ordinance legislation, legislation that would expand the types of cases private judges can hear, legislation related to private judges, a bill on court cost and docket fees waived due to substantial hardship, legislation that would add first and second offenders to the Alabama Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Act, and making the Joint Legislative Committee on Energy Policy permanent, to name a few. Sen. Ward is also carrying legislation this session regarding changes to Alabama’s Juvenile Justice laws. This legislation hopes to try to change the current system by keeping children from becoming repeat offenders by utilizing successful tactics employed by other states’ juvenile programs.

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