State lawmakers were front and center for the tough questions from the Tuscaloosa County delegation. Dozens of delegates from Tuscaloosa County went to the capital city for the Montgomery Drive In. This event, which lasted two days, allowed the delegates to have one on one time with lawmakers.

Transportation, workforce development and the upcoming elections were the key issues discussed.

Delegates were welcomed in Montgomery with a luncheon at the State Department of Archives and History.

State Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield was the guest speaker. Canfield spoke about his role as a state leader. From there, delegates observed the Alabama Legislature in action.

“This trip is very important because for one, it allows our business leaders to actually go to Montgomery and have a voice there with our officials,” business owner Jheovanny Gomez said.

The first day of the Montgomery Drive In concluded with a Business Council of Alabama legislative reception at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel.

On day two, Senator Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa and Senator Greg Reed addressed several big issues such as healthcare, taxes, education, transportation, minimum wage and the growth of Tuscaloosa.

While the group listened to what was going in the legislative session, representative Bill Poole said the Appropriations Committee adopted the state’s education budget. The budget now heads to the Senate for debate.

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