Blount County unit system bill introduced in state House

Legislation to change Blount County’s system of government from a district system to a unit system, subject to a referendum of the voters of the county, was introduced May 2 in the Alabama House of Representatives by District 11 Rep. Randall Shedd on behalf of the Blount County legislative delegation, responding to the request of the Blount County Commission.

If the bill passes, the referendum will be held in the Nov. 3 general election of 2020, with the official conversion date set for mid-November of 2022, specifically, on the day commissioners elected in the November 2022 election take office later that month.

The wording of the question presented on the ballot will be, “Do you favor the adoption of Act number _________ of the 2019 regular session of the Alabama State Legislature, that would transition the Blount County Commission from the district system of county government, with full-time commissioners, to the unit system of county government, with part-time commissioners, providing that county road maintenance and construction would be managed by a professional engineer, and providing for a fulltime, countywide-elected commission chairperson?”

In order to become law, the bill must be scheduled for a vote on the calendars of both the State House of Representatives and State Senate, be approved by both houses, and be signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey. The 2019 Legislative session is set to adjourn on June 18.