Two bills significant to Mobile County will likely be brought to a committee vote Tuesday, the bills’ sponsors said Friday.
One bill, sponsored by State Rep. Randy Davis, R – Daphne, would allow Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis, to raise the price from $2 to $5 of a special recording fee for the processing of documents, which would help pay for the upkeep of records. It would keep the court from charging fees for the downloading of data from its website.
The other bill, sponsored by State Rep. David Sessions, R – Grand Bay, would consolidate the offices of license commissioner and revenue commission to save at least $85,000, he said.
In a reversal from just a few days ago, both bills will now be presented to members of the local delegation for a vote.
There was speculation that the bills might not pass with so few days in the session. Davis said his bill was pashed forward due to a presentation by about 10 real estate agents from Mobile this week, which was effective in changing the minds of delegation members. The Mobile Bar Association, the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Mobile and Mobile Area Association of Realtors all support the bill because those groups access a lot of information from the probate court office.
“I think we’re getting to the end of the session and there has been a lot more explanation of this bill to delegation members” Davis said.
Sessions said he expects his bill, which would better streamline two government offices and save the county money, to make it out of the committee vote Tuesday and onto the House floor.
Sessions said the initial problem for his bill was that it came about at the “last minute,” while current License Commissioner Kim Hastie waited to see if she would have opposition for the office of Revenue Commissioner. She is running for the office unopposed.
“It caught some folks by surprise who thought they should’ve known about it earlier,” Sessions said.
Hastie would become the next Revenue Commissioner and the next License Commissioner, if the bill passes the legislature and is approved in a referendum, as an amendment to the Alabama Constitution. Only nine Alabama Counties these as separate offices.