JSU Newswire
Jacksonville, Alabama

Legislative Report
by Higher Education Partnership

JACKSONVILLE -- March 5, 2001 -- With one day remaining in the special session, it is clear that none of the proposed legislative initiatives designed to divide K-12 and higher education, will be adopted. The Higher Education Partnership and the 10,500 faculty, staff and student members are pleased that our friends in the Alabama Senate and Alabama House of Representatives have voiced their strong disagreement with efforts to force higher education to bear a larger share of the proration burden. Today's decisive vote for Senate Bill 24 showed that the Alabama Senate, under the leadership of Lt. Gov. Steve Windom, was not going to allow higher education to be treated any different than K- 12. Many House and Senate leaders worked aggressively to support the university position of equal treatment and their effort is greatly appreciated by the 150,000 families within Alabama's university community.

No doubt, the legislative outcome is a victory for the universities! However, the state must not lose focus on the revenue question. Only by generating additional financial support for K-12, post-secondary and universities, will the state truly solve this problem. The Partnership looks forward to working with other education organizations, businesses and civic groups as we build support for properly funding public education. A productive educational system does not pit K-12 against higher education.

The Partnership thanks the thousands of faculty, staff, student and alumni supporters who actively entered into this process. Their participation in rallies, phone banks, etc. made a difference. Now, we are encouraging all of them to focus their energies on the adoption of the 2001-2002 budget that provides funding that "measures up to the competition." The 2001-2002 budget proposal must be rewirtten and higher education's portion increased.

Voting for the Universitiesí Position - 24
Bill Armistead, Home: (205) 663-5507, State House:(334) 242-7873
Lowell Barron, Home: (256) 623-2811, State House:(334) 242-7858
Jack Biddle, Home: (205) 631-4591, State House:(334) 242-7846
Tom Butler, Home: (256) 837-8347, State House:(334) 242-7854
George Clay, Home: (334) 727-4709, State House:(334) 242-7868
Gerald Dial, State House:(334) 242-7882
Larry Dixon, Home: (334) 834-8105, State House:(334) 242-7895
Jeff Enfinger, Home: (256) 539-3480, State House:(334) 242-7885
Sundra Escott-Russell, Home: (205) 791-9278, State House:(334) 242-7864
Steve French, State House:(334) 242-7851
Jimmy Holley, Home: (334) 897-5181, State House:(334) 242-7845
Charles Langford, Home: (334) 262-8895, State House:(334) 242-7880
Albert Lipscomb, Home: (334) 965-7871, State House:(334) 242-7897
Ted Little, Home: (334) 887-6552, State House:(334) 242-7865
Del Marsh, State House:(334) 242-7877
E. B. McClain, Home: (205) 425-2918, State House:(334) 242-7867
Wendell Mitchell, State House:(334) 242-7883
Hinton Mitchem, State House:(334) 242-7876
Hap Myers, Home: (334) 342-5199, State House:(334) 242-7886
Phil Poole, Home: (205) 371-6337, State House:(334) 242-7889
Jim Preuitt, Home: (256) 362-5253, State House:(334) 242-7898
Tommy Ed Roberts, Home: (256) 773-2854, State House:(334) 242-7874
Charles Steele, Home: (205) 752-5263, State House:(334) 242-7935
Jabo Waggoner, Home: (205) 822-7443, State House:(334) 242-7892

Voting Against the Universitiesí Position ≠ 6
Bobby Denton, Home: (256) 381-7449, State House:(334) 242-7888
Vivian Davis Figures, Home: (334) 457-9008, State House:(334) 242-7871
Pat Lindsey, Home: (205) 459-3508, State House:(334) 242-7843
Zeb Little, Home: (256) 734-6348, State House:(334) 242-7855
Hank Sanders, Home: (334) 875-1395, State House:(334) 242-7860
Harri Anne Smith, Home: (334) 886-3208, State House:(334) 242-7879

Abstaining from Voting ≠ 1
Rodger Smitherman, Home: (205) 322-3768, State House:(334) 242-7870

Not Voting ≠ 4
Roger Bedford, Home: (256)332-7709,, State House: (334)242-7862
George Callahan, Home: (334)666-2448,, State House: (334)242-7894
Curt Lee, Home: (205) 302-0831, State House:(334) 242-7891
Larry Means, Home: (256) 538-2014, State House:(334) 242-7857


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