Corley Ellis takes over vacant seat in House District 41

Swearing In

By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Staff Writer

MONTGOMERY – The vacancy in Alabama House of Representatives District 41 has officially been filled by Republican Corley Ellis, who was sworn into the position by Shelby County Probate Judge James Fuhrmeister on Thursday, Oct. 20.

The seat became available when Mike Hill, R-Columbiana, was named superintendent of the State Banking Department.

“This is an exciting day obviously,” Ellis said. “It’s been a long-time coming waiting on the certification from the secretary of state, so we are very excited it’s finally here.”

Ellis has represented District 1 on the Shelby County Commission for the past 10 years and said he is looking forward to continuing to serve this great county.

Now he moves to Montgomery to work for House District 41, which is primarily contained in Shelby County and covers parts of the county that are south of U.S. 280 and east of Interstate 65.

“I’m humbled and honored that I get to continue my service to the people of Shelby County by going to Montgomery,” he said. “To continue that service in Montgomery is exciting.”

Independents had until Oct. 18, to declare their candidacy and with nobody contesting his campaign, he was automatically appointed to the seat and started the job on Oct. 20.

Ellis has spent several weeks over the past two months in Montgomery meeting most of the House members he will be working with and watching the process of bills moving through the legislation.

“It’s been very beneficial to see how the overall process works,” he said. “The state has a lot of issues facing it and I’m anxious to jump in and find where I can do the best.”

He said a large majority of those issues are with budgeting, Medicaid and prison reform.

“There are solutions for all of the problems we are facing, we just have to find out what they are and work together as a team to find those solutions,” Ellis said.

He mentioned being part of one of the largest county commissions in the state will help him when it comes to creating a team atmosphere and working with others.

“We have a really good legislative delegation here in Shelby County,” Ellis said. “I am proud to say they are all friends and I look forward to working with those guys.”

He does understand how challenging the job will be saying problems at the state level are more complex tasks, but the challenge is what excites him the most.

Ellis will meet with House Speaker Mac McCutcheon and others next week to get the lay of the land and start to get a better idea of which committees he might serve on.

 

To see the full article on The Shelby County Reporter, please click the following link: http://www.shelbycountyreporter.com/2016/10/20/corley-ellis-takes-over-vacant-seat-in-house-district-41/

 

 

 

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Director's Update

2017 Regular Session Delegation Bills

 

By Mimi Penhale, Legislative Director

The 2017 Regular Session is well underway and this session is already shaping up to be exciting. As always, budgets and funding concerns are a top issue for legislators. This session will also feature a bill on building prisons, a bill that would remove the requirement to have concealed carry permits, bills in both the House and Senate related to the Impeachment process, and a bill that would eliminate the state grocery tax. With all these topics gaining major interest, sometimes other legislation gets over looked. Read on to see what your Shelby Delegation is working on.

Rep. Jim Carns has one bill filed so far this session. His bill would make Southern Research Institute exempt from state, county, and municipal sales taxes. 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 three bill 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 the creation and funding of the Alabama Job Creation and Military Stability Commission and the third bill would allow military recruiters access in schools.

Rep. Corley Ellis, the newest member of our Delegation, was elected to fill Mike Hill’s vacancy last fall. Rep. Ellis is in his first session as a legislator and he is serving on the Local Legislation, Financial Services, and Shelby County Delegation Committees. During this time, he is focusing on learning the legislative process and helping constituents who need guidance within governmental agencies.

Rep. Allen Farley has filed one bill this session. The bill would require the Department of Corrections to allow inmates to purchase non-driver identification cards prior to being released. 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 ten bills he is currently carrying this session. The bills range from laws giving Probate Judges contempt powers, eyeglass sales, pro-life legislation, establishing the Transportation Commission, parental rights, and legislation allowing public servants’, who die in the line of duty, spouses the ability to keep receiving benefits after remarrying.  Most notable of Rep. Fridy’s bills is one that would establish term limits of four full terms for members of the Alabama House and Senate.

Rep. Arnold Mooney has filed two bills so far this session. His bills focus on granting certain authority to healthcare providers and a bill that would allow law enforcement employment authorization for Briarwood Presbyterian Church. His healthcare bill would allow healthcare providers the authority to decline to perform a service that violates their conscience.

Rep. April Weaver is carrying twelve bills this session. Her bills focus mostly on Healthcare issues, such as, tax credits for rural physicians and dentists, civil immunity for volunteer caregivers, making it a criminal penalty to traffic Fentanyl, and several bills related to the State Nursing Board. One of Rep. Weaver’s bills would create the Safe Birth Options Act, allowing lay midwives to register as a state board and assist with delivers at birthing centers. Rep. Weaver also has legislation related to indigent defense, minor mothers, and a bill that would make it a crime of assault in the second degree to injure a social worker while preforming their duties.

Sen. Slade Blackwell has two pre-filed bills, both of which focus on insurance. One the bills he is carrying would makes amendments to the Alabama Risk-Based Capital for Insurers Act and the other would waive continuing education requirements for some Insurance Adjusters who have already done specific coursework for licensing. Sen. Blackwell is not new to this kind of insurance legislation, as he is again serving as the Banking and Insurance Chair.

Sen. Jim McClendon, who serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Health Committee, has filled three bills so far this session. This year, his legislation is ranges from Shelby County Board of Education elections, schools allowing students to use sunscreen at school, and midwifery in Alabama. His local legislation, if passed, would restrict cities with their own Board of Education from electing the Superintendent of the Shelby County Board of Education. His midwife bill would establish a State Board of Midwifery to license and regulate the practice of certified professional midwifery.

Sen. Jabo Waggoner is carrying ten bills, so far, this session. His prefilled bills range in focus from alcohol sales, local government training institute, clarifying the Real Estate Commission’s authority, exempting certain entities from sales tax, require hospital directory to be sent to the Department of Public Health, the Security Commission compensation, Birmingham City Council, historic buildings income tax credits, and municipal parking enforcement procedures. His historical buildings bill, which he also carried last year, would extend the tax credit for the rehabilitation of qualified structures in Alabama. 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.

Sen. Cam Ward has filed nineteen bills this session. His large list of legislation focuses on a variety of things, a few of which are prisons, inmate issues, healthcare, municipal weed abatement ordinances, family law, and eminent domain, to name a few. He is also carrying several companion bills that our House Delegation members are also carrying. By introducing these bills in both the House and Senate, the legislators are increasing the chances that the bills will get passed. This will be his seventh session as Judiciary Chairman, and he will continue to focus on the prison overcrowding crisis.

While this may seem like a large number of bills being carried, often times only a few will pick up enough traction to actually get passed. Some of this legislation will not garner enough attention or votes to pass during the Regular Session, so legislators will be left to either carry it next session or drop them until they can get enough support. Only time will tell what bills the Alabama Legislature, and the Shelby Delegation, will pass this session.

Shelby County Legislative Delegation (C) 2013