A group of Tuscaloosa County delegates are going to Montgomery to hear from different lawmakers and discuss the needs of West Alabama.Nearly 100 delegates from Tuscaloosa County are heading to the Alabama capitol for the annual Montgomery Drive-In. Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama President Jim Page said there are a number of other issues they will be watching.“And we’re going to visit with members of our legislative delegation,” Page said. “We’re going to hear from other state leaders, including the state superintendent of education as well as the president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama and it will all culminate with Gov. Kay Ivey having lunch with us on Wednesday to talk about her legislative priorities for this session.”One of the big bills the Tuscaloosa County delegation will be watching is House Bill 42. This bill will give the municipalities the authority to remove or reduce the state’s grocery tax.This week, Alabama Rep. Chris England will begin his push in the 2019 legislative session. England originally proposed a bill in the session to remove the grocery tax for the city of Tuscaloosa, which was part of the Elevate Tuscaloosa plan.“Our Chamber has endorsed that to give local governments the ability to take the sales tax off of food,” Page said. “We think that is important for our community.”Page believes with that and other large legislative actions beginning to take place, this is a great time for their trip so they can talk to leaders directly.“There are a lot of issues going on with education issues, such as the attempts to repeal Common Core,” Page said. “There’s talk about a lottery and gaming legislation again that usually comes up, so, there’s a lot going on right now so, the timing of our trip is really really good and it’s going to give our members and local leaders the opportunity to talk to leaders directly.”The drive-in officially began today, April 2, at noon and will end tomorrow after the speech from Ivey.
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