The Homewood Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Legislative Roundtable at the new Brock School of Business at Samford University on Oct. 20.
Republican Sen. Jabo Waggoner and Rep. David Faulkner both served as panel members at the luncheon, with questions posed by Samford provost Matt Hardin. They addressed the recent controversial special sessions held by the state legislature, laws and bills that affected Homewood and what to expect in the next regular session, scheduled for February.
Faulkner also presented a slideshow that included information on the General Fund and the Education Fund and how each fund is allocated throughout the state.
Some of the local issues included the water works bill passed earlier this year which sets a cap on board member’s salaries as well as the annexation of lands outside of Homewood into the city limits. One such particular parcel was the plot of land off of Lakeshore Drive where the erecting of a large digital billboard caused uproar in the Homewood community.
Both Faulkner and Waggoner agreed that a state lottery and gambling will be on the agenda in February as solutions to the deficit in the General Fund. Although both cautioned against using the lottery as a fix-all, Faulkner expressed that many of his constituents seemed to be in favor. However, both said that a proposed gambling bill was much less favored by members of their respective communities.