House Speaker Mike Hubbard and Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh today applauded lawmakers in both chambers for extraordinary legislative productivity in the second week on the 2011 Regular Session.
The Alabama Senate voted to end the state's Deferred Retirement Option Plan, or DROP, which incentivizes government workers to delay retirement by allowing them to participate in a luxurious benefits plan in the latter part of their careers. The House passed the Responsible Budgeting and Spending Act, which will allow Alabama to craft proration-resistant budgets by ensuring a more stable stream of school funding year-to-year, even during difficult economic times. Both proposals were highlights of Governor Robert Bentley’s State of the State Address.
“Today’s legislative productivity should signal to all Alabamians that their state government is wasting no time doing the people’s business,” Speaker Hubbard said. “Senator Marsh and I, along with the Legislative leadership, are working closely with Governor Bentley to pass bills that move this state forward. I want to thank Representative Greg Canfield for his hard work on this bill. It’s a common sense reform that improves the budgeting process. I look forward to seeing its final passage in the Senate, and standing with the Governor as he signs it into law.”
Senate President Pro-Tem Del Marsh said the Senate body should be proud of its work on Tuesday.
“We have an obligation to look out for the interests of Alabama taxpayers,” Senator Marsh said. “That’s exactly what this bill does. By moving a repeal of DROP closer to final passage, we are balancing the budget and making sure essential services are funded. I urge the House to quickly pass this proposal before we adjourn for the week-long break.”
The House passed the Responsible Budgeting and Spending Act by a vote of 67 in favor and 33 opposed, with all Republicans voting for the measure. The Senate passed the DROP repeal bill by a vote of 23 in favor and 12 opposed, with all Republicans voting for the bill.