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01/22/2013 – Video – Hamilton City Council Meeting 01/22/2013

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Hamilton, AL City Council Meeting Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at the Hamilton, Alabama City Hall.

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January 24, 2013 at 10:58 PM

01/18/2013 – January 18th, 2013 – Capitol Report – Senator Roger Bedford

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Report for January 18th, 2013

         One of the best programs for paving roads and streets in the counties and cities is the new ATRIP program also formally known as the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation Improvement Program.  ATRIP will allow each county to invest up to 10 million dollars including a local 20% match in much needed bridge maintenance.  The funds will be shared between all cities towns and unincorporated areas in each county as a percentage based on the 2010 census.  Many of our towns and cities have already agreed to move forward on the ATRIP program and I think it will help create jobs and make our roads safer for our citizens to travel on.  I am pleased to be supporting this program as I think it will make a great improvement in the overall quality of life here in our local area and throughout Alabama.  


            As the year came to a conclusion Governor Bentley was kind enough to help us with many important needs from the tornado and storm damage that still remains.  I was pleased to support and fight for these grants as I think they are very much needed and will help our area.  As you may know the Franklin County Commission will receive $125,000 the City of Hackleburg will receive $4,788,921.  The Marion County Commission will also receive $300,000 along with Moulton receiving $375,000.  The City of Phil Campbell will receive $2,450,000.  This will enable our communities to build back in a better and safer environment.  As I said after the storms tore through our Senate District in April of 2011, it would e a marathon and not a sprint to get rebuilt and back on track.  However, these grants will help our local officials and communities to accomplish those goals as well as create new jobs in our area through the construction and rebuilding. 


            As you know each one of the TVA counties receives TVA in lieu of tax monies.  These funds originally were distributed throughout the State of Alabama.  However some years ago the Legislators  of the TVA counties came together both the Democrats and the Republicans and captured that money which was going state wide to be brought back home and to be distributed through grants within each county.  In our Senate District that includes Lawrence, Franklin and Colbert counties.  I’m pleased to report to you that Representative Johnny Mack Morrow and I have been able to return $478,869.77 through the year ending 2012, helping all our schools and communities throughout Franklin County.  You may rest assured that I will continue to fight to see that our tax dollars come back home to help us in a positive way. 



We received some really good news for the Town of Littleville this past week.  They were approved for a $200,000 ADECA Grant which will be matched with $63,000 of the city’s money to assist with the construction of an access road, drainage, and site work to facilitate the location of the Big Star grocery store that is coming to Littleville.   This business will be the first modern supermarket to ever be in Littleville.   Mayor Copeland and the City Council have been working tirelessly to locate that industry here and I was proud to support the grant.  It will create approximately 21 new jobs and increase the tax base for the town.  As you can imagine when they were the first town to go wet e.i , selling beer and liquor legally, they received a great portion of tax returns from people that lived outside of their city and county.  With other cities in adjoining counties voting to go wet, it caused a dramatic decrease in sales revenue taxation for the City of Littleville.  I congratulate them on accomplishing this grant and I was proud to be a big supporter. 


            I am pleased to inform you that the Alabama Department of Youth Services has awarded diversions grant funding for the implementation of several community-based programs that will benefit the youth in our district.   This new, competitive and accountability based process, is the result of a comprehensive strategic planning effort by DYS to increase the ability of local jurisdictions to provide better services.  As you know I have been a champion in providing a more effective and less costly diversion services to at risk youth.  We are showing the DYS financial support provided to our juvenile detention centers where they can be more effective in providing services.  This not only helps DYS fulfill its goals and objectives but also provides vital resources here at home to help our youth rather than send them off to detention centers throughout the state.  I am proud to announce to you that H.O.P.E Center will receive $100,000, Colbert-Lauderdale Attention Home, Inc will receive $121,000, Mitnick Wilderness Program will receive $320,000 and the Tennessee Valley Juvenile Detention Facility will receive $183,718.  You may rest assure that I will continue to fight to bring our tax dollars here at home.   


Thank you for all the phone calls, letters and e-mails about your concerns dealing with the issues facing us at the State and local level.  Please continue to contact me at the following address. 



Roger H. Bedford, Jr.              

Alabama State House                                                                          

11 S. Union Street, Suite 738

Montgomery, Alabama 36130

Phone 334-242-7862, Fax 334-242-9202

Russellville Office

P.O. Box 370

Russellville, Alabama 35653

Phone 256-332-6966 Fax 256-332-6967

Email: senbedford@aol.com

Website: www.RogerBedford.com

10/29/2012 – Sample Ballot for Marion County, AL – Nov. 6, 2012 Election

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October 29, 2012 at 10:21 PM

09/19/2012 – VIDEO – Marion County Commissioners Meeting 09/17/2012

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September 19, 2012 at 2:31 AM

06/21/2012 – Governor Bentley Signs Executive Order Aimed at Increasing Efficiencies

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MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday signed an executive order creating the Integrated State Law Enforcement Task Force, which will look for ways to increase efficiencies in state-level law enforcement agencies.

Currently, 22 state-level agencies have various law enforcement functions.  By examining those functions and looking for ways to streamline operations, the Integrated State Law Enforcement Task Force can help reduce duplications of services and increase government efficiency while strengthening public safety.  The work of the task force will improve public safety by making sure agencies are coordinating efforts more closely, sharing information, and consistently working in a collaborative manner.

The Integrated State Law Enforcement Task Force will thoroughly evaluate the missions, functions, services, and tasks of various agencies and will make recommendations to the Governor on increased efficiencies that can be implemented.

“Our top priority in any decision that we make will be public safety,” Governor Bentley said.  “This is about making sure our agencies are working hand-in-hand with each other.  Through better coordination and increased efficiency, I believe we can provide better public safety.  These efforts will help us make the best use of the resources we have and will also help us better serve the people of this state.”

The Integrated State Law Enforcement Task Force will work to identify at least 10 percent in cost savings in law enforcement functions of state agencies.  The task force will include cabinet members with law enforcement responsibilities, particularly Spencer Collier, Director of the Alabama Department of Homeland Security, and Colonel Hugh McCall, Director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety.

“To my knowledge, Governor Bentley is the first Alabama governor to take action of this nature by ordering a comprehensive review of the state’s law enforcement resources and capabilities,” Director Collier said.  “We have been given a clear directive to act as good stewards of the taxpayers’ dollars by examining the most efficient, effective, and modern ways to protect the citizens of Alabama.  I am excited to be a part of this.”

“Governor Bentley can count on the Department of Public Safety to fully support his efforts to ensure efficiency in state government,” Colonel McCall said.  “In these challenging economic times, we all must make sure we maximize resources while protecting public safety.  Much can be accomplished when we work together.”

Task force members will meet regularly to gain a solid understanding of various functions within certain agencies and departments.  Members will work closely with various stakeholders to ensure that any and all recommendations are made in the interest of greater efficiency and strong public safety.  The work of the task force is expected to lead to future legislation that will help the state implement goals identified by the task force.

“We have no choice but to rethink state government operations in order to maximize taxpayer resources,” Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said.  “Our goal is always to provide better, more cost-effective and efficient services to Alabamians, and this plan is a big step in the right direction.  I appreciate Governor Bentley’s willingness to champion efforts to streamline state government and look forward to working with Lieutenant Governor Ivey, Speaker Hubbard and members of the Legislature to enact these plans.”

Governor Bentley’s executive order also establishes the Law Enforcement Stakeholder Advisory Task Force.  The task force will consist of members identified by legislative leadership, the Alabama Sheriffs Association, the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police, a designee of the Governor’s Office, and Jackie Graham, Director of the Alabama State Personnel Department (or her designee).

Additional cabinet members who will serve on the Integrated State Law Enforcement Task Force include Gunter Guy, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; Jim Ridling, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Insurance; Julie Magee, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Revenue; and Mac Gipson, Administrator of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.


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June 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

03/14/2012 Franklin County Alabama Election Results

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With 25 of 26 precincts reporting:

Democratic primary:

Circuit court clerk

Jeff Barksdale 1,379 (30.6%)

Anita Scott 3,127 (69.4%)

Probate judge

Stratt Byars 1,505 (32.72%)

Connie Green 2,552 (55.49%)

Chris Nichols 542 (11.79%)

County commission, District 1

William Bishop 1,767 (40%)

Chris Fretwell 1,313 (29.73%)

Billy Wilson 1,337 (30.27%)

County commission, District 2

Howard Hutcheson 1,526 (35.28%)

Wyman Pounders 2,800 (64.72%)

County commission, District 3

Randy Hargett 2.094 (50.96%)

Mark Holland 2,015 (49.04%)

County commission, District 4

Anthony Bentley 1,625 (40.34%)

Don Hastings 2,403 (59.66%)

School board, District 5

Mike Shewbart 528 (62.71%)

Ralph Winchester 314 (37.29%)

One-cent sales tax

Yes 3,798 (65.58%)

No 1,993 (34.42%)

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March 14, 2012 at 12:24 AM

12/16/2011 Capitol Report – Sen. Roger Bedford, December 16, 2011

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Senator Roger Bedford

Capitol Report 12-16-2011
It was certainly a pleasure to have our Alabama Development Office Director, Greg Canfield visit Franklin and Marion County recently. I appreciate him taking time out of his busy schedule to be with us.

With the upcoming completion of Corridor X into Birmingham which will become Interstate 22 and the soon to be completed four-lane project of Highway 24 we are moving rapidly forward with our development. There are other highway projects that need to be completed such as the Bear Creek, Phil Campbell, Haleyville Interstate 22 bypass connector route and other projects but I wanted our A.D.O Director to see first hand the progress we were making. It was a pleasure to travel with David Thornell from the CS Industrial Recruitment group and Sherry Price, standing in for Mitch Mays from the Franklin County Community Development Authority.

We had a wonderful day starting out by meeting Rebel Silas at the Brilliant \ Winfield Interstate 22 exit. From there we traveled to Phil Campbell to look at the new industrial site. It is the only site that has North Fork Southern Railroad frontage on it. It also adjoins the four-lane side of Highway 43\13. From there we were able to travel to Russellville and meet at the Franklin County Development Office. We toured the Mike Green Industrial Park, the City of Russellville Spec. Building , traveled to Vina where we toured their Industrial Park and the Spec. Building there as well.

We enjoyed a great lunch at the Grill Restaurant where Representative Johnny Mack Morrow and Representative Dan Boman join us along with Probate Judge Barry Moore, Mayor D.W Franklin, Mayor Bobby Forsythe , City Councilman Brad Bolton, Marion County Commissioners Michael Davis, Don Barnwell and Bobby Burleson, Mayor Rebel Silas , Mayor Phil Segraves. This enabled many of the key elected official of Franklin and Marion County to visit with Greg Canfield and talk about the industrial needs and opportunities that are in Northwest Alabama. We then took Corridor X to Hamilton and toured the Spec. Building and Industrial Park off of Interstate 22 , we also saw the Guin Industrial Park site off Interstate 22 and continued down to the Brilliant \ Winfield exit , here Greg was able to see the Brilliant and Winfield Industrial Parks.

We are very fortunate to have so many well prepared industrial parks which have been done over the years by a combined effort at the State and local level. The old days of showing an industry a cotton field and telling them what you are going to do for them are over with. They want to see progress in motion and we are fortunate to have that here in Northwest Alabama.

I also want to congratulate the fine Marion County High School Red Raiders football team as well as Coach Funk and his find staff, the Band, Cheerleaders and all the tremendous supporters of the Red Raiders. They distinguished themselves on the football field at Bryant Denny Stadium beating Linden in the Super 6 to win the 1A State Championship. As many of you may know, Marion County High School was State Champions in 1972, 72 and 73 so this is their fourth State Championship in modern times. Getting a Mohawk haircut became part of the Red Raiders tradition and I enjoyed watching several of the City Councilmen including Mayor Phil Segraves sporting their new Mohawks as part of their agreement, should the team win. There is nothing like High School Football to bring a city and community together. It was good to see so many folks who’s kids play on different teams there cheering for the Red Raiders. That’s how we should be, bringing our town, county, state and country together in a positive manner. Congratulations goes out to all the football teams that competed and I am hopeful that Alabama will be prepared to take on and beat LSU , bringing home a National Championship to the State of Alabama for 3 years in a row.

I am thrilled to announce that the Alabama Department of Economic Affairs (ADECA) has granted funding for a few of additional entities.   The Town of Hackleburg, which is governed by Mayor Douglas Gunnin, received a $750,000.00 CDBG Economic Development Infrastructure Grant. This grant will be used to assist V.F. Jeanswear rebuild in Hackleburg by providing funds for water, drainage, and other improvements. This project will result in the retention of 150 jobs and the creation of 50 new jobs. We are so thankful to be able to rebuild V.F. Jeanswear after the treacherous tornadoes of April 27, and we welcome the new jobs and opportunities it will bring.

The City of Hamilton received a $117,956.00 CDBG Economic Development Infrastructure Grant to assist the Country Place Assisted Living with water and sewer service. The City of Hamilton made this a reality by committing $23,694.00 in matching funds for this critical project, and I am proud of the hard work and dedication of all our local and state officials in securing this grant. Thanks to the hard work of Mayor Holliday and local officials we were able to obtain these funds that will improve the quality of life of everyone in Hamilton.

The City of Winfield received a $191,240.00 CDBG Economic Development Infrastructure Grant to assist the Country Place Assisted Living by improving Tahoe Road, which will create 27 jobs. The City of Winfield made this a reality by committing $47,810.00 in matching funds for this project. Big thanks to Mayor Rebel Silas and all of the local officials for helping secure these much-needed funds for the community.

The Lawrence County Commission received two grants. The first is an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant for $95,000.00 to continue the operation of the Lawrence County Drug/Violent Crime Task Force. The second is a Violence Against Women Formula Grant for $92,650.00. This grant will provide a five-person domestic task force in Lawrence County to break the cycle of violence and provide assistance for victims by patrolling in areas with high domestic violence crime rates and are trained in areas of domestic violence investigation to ensure thorough and complete prosecution.

The Pickens County Commission, which is chaired by Commissioner Tim Browning, received a $32,700.00 Violence Against Women Formula Grant to continue the 24th Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Unit. This unit prosecutes abuse cases and assists victims in Fayette, Lamar, and Pickens counties. The unit also conducts educational programs to increase public awareness of domestic violence and trains law enforcement on how to recognize the signs of domestic abuse.

As always, thanks to the Mayors, Commissioners, and local officials, as well as the Governor, ADECA Director Jim Byard, and members of the Legislature, who helped obtain these funds that will improve the quality of life for the citizens of Northwest Alabama. I am proud of the hard work and dedication of all our local and state officials in securing these grants.

I want to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

As always if I can be of any assistance to you please contact me at the following.

Alabama State House

11 S. Union Street, Suite 738

Montgomery, Alabama 36130

Phone 334-242-7862

Fax 334-424-9202

Russellville Office

P.O. Box 370

Russellville, Alabama 35653

Phone 256-332-6966

Fax 256-332-6967

Email: senbedford@aol.com

Website: www.RogerBedford.com

Amanda Hovater   Assistant   Roger H. Bedford, Jr.

Senate Minority Leader

Roger Bedford & Assoc., P.C.

Attorney at Law

P.O. Box 370

Russellville, Alabama  35653

(256) 332-6966 – Direct Line Russellville Office

(256) 332-2880 – Law Firm

(256) 332-6967 – Facsimile

(334) 242-7862 – Montgomery Office


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December 16, 2011 at 11:32 PM

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