The luncheon was open to the public with over 100 people in attendance. – 2017 State of the State Community Luncheon

2017 State of the State Community Luncheon

2017 State of the State Community Luncheon

The Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual ‘State of the State’ community luncheon at All Steak Restaurant today.

All members of Cullman County’s Alabama state delegation provided an insightful overview of the state of affairs surrounding the current activities in Montgomery. They also shared their experienced insights and prognostications for the coming 2017 Legislative Session at the capitol.

Each of member of the delegation took turns at the podium addressing the packed house:

Senator Paul Bussman (R) Cullman
Representative Randall Shedd (R) Fairview
Representative Corey Harbison (R) Good Hope
Representative Ed Henry (R) Hartselle – did not attend

The luncheon was open to the public with over 100 people in attendance.


2017 State of the State Community Luncheon


Randall Shedd focused much of his time discussing his role in bringing infrastructure improvements to Alabama and his District 11 road network area. He believes the just-inaugurated President Donald Trump administration will be extremely helpful in this effort.

He also discussed bringing the Cullman County Commission, the Cullman County Road Department together with himself for the purpose of directly addressing road issues around the County.


2017 State of the State Community Luncheon


Corey Harbison delivered breaking news about how political district lines will be redrawn statewide in the near future. This could potentially leave Cullman voters with a DIFFERENT legislator in years to come. He also spoke extensively on his proposed bill rendering a Capital Murder charge be made available to all emergency responders killed in the line of duty.


2017 State of the State Community Luncheon


Paul Bussman discussed a new feature coming to State government called a ‘Forensic Audit’. The Forsenic Audit will include skilled auditors diving deep into State records, accounts, and financial fund accounts to determine exact strength and weaknesses in Alabama’s broken budgetary system.

Bussman also said he saw a tremendous opportunity for education in the State. He called for the Alabama Board of Education to set up and provide specific, tangible improvements for students. If they cannot, he believes education funds should bypass the state-level and go directly to the local level.

2017 State of the State Community Luncheon


Ed Henry was unable to attend the gathering.

According to a tongue-in-cheek Corey Harbison, Henry was occupied in Montgomery at a luncheon with Governor Robert Bentley where they were discussing impeachment proceedings.


2017 State of the State Community Luncheon

2017 State of the State Community Luncheon

Coming pre-drafted legislation sponsored by Cullman lawmakers to be taken up in the next session:

Representatives Shedd & Harbison will be co-sponsoring House Bill 14.

House Bill 14 will would authorize an elected official of a municipality to designate a person to serve in his or her place on any state or local agency, board, commission, or other entity on which he or she serves as an ex officio member. This bill would prohibit the elected official from appointing a convicted felon to serve as his or her designee unless that person has had his or her civil rights restored.

Representative Henry is one of many legislators co-sponsoring House Bill 23.

House Bill 23 focus on the Alabama income tax code. Currently, income from defined contribution deferred compensation plans is taxable as state income. This bill would provide that the first 90 percent of such annual income is exempt. The exemption would be phased in over a five-year 14 period.


2017 State of the State Community Luncheon

2017 State of the State Community Luncheon


The Legislature convenes in regular annual sessions on the first Tuesday in February. This year the date is February 7th.

The length of the regular session is limited to 30 meeting days within a period of 105 calendar days.

There are usually two meeting or “legislative” days per week, with other days devoted to committee meetings.

Special sessions of the Legislature may be called by the Governor, with the Proclamation listing the subjects which the Governor wishes considered. These sessions are limited to 12 legislative days within a 30 calendar day span.

In a regular session, bills may be enacted on any subject. In a special session, legislation must be enacted only on those subjects which the Governor announces in his proclamation or “call.” Anything not in the “call” requires a two-thirds vote of each house to be enacted.


2017 State of the State Community Luncheon

Timothy Collins

Originally from Asheville, NC, Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at and/or (256) 615-8260.

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