Update: will add a link to the complaint filed in Pittman matter on the bottom.
In Andalusia, a restaurant follows the rural tradition of setting out collection jars to cover the medical expenses of an employee injured in a car accident.
On Weiss Lake, a local citizens group is conducting tests to determine the source of raw sewage pollution.
In Perry County, a citizen’s group has to sue for access to public records and compliance with open meeting laws. Is a delay due to not having a policy for turning over public records acceptable? Its only been a part of state law since more or less since 1923.
Turning to head scratchers, we have Gov. Bentley’s order for the State Health Coordinating Council and Certificate of Need Board to suspend operations while he ponders their operation. Time will tell what his plan is here.
Another head scratcher from the Anniston Star, New tax law may hold surprise for working poor. Seems with the end of one tax credit and a temporary reduction in FICA withholding, workers earning less than $20K a year could an increase in their withheld income taxes. Surely unintended and soon to be fixed.
The last head scratcher is from Lagniappe, which discusses the sentencing of a high society thief. As Chief Justice Cobb and a collection of legislators work on plans to reduce prison over crowding, we will have to examine our thoughts about appropriate punishment of property offenders. (BTW, does this plan exist anywhere in written form?)
Turning to head shakers, former Sen. Kim Benefield has learned what public employees have known for years. If you buy something for work and want to keep it, don’t let it get a green state property tag.
In Ozark, the former CFO for the local school system has been charged with various felonies in connection with missing funds. Of note, was this was detected during a routine audit in 2009.
Mobile County sees an Assistant District Attorney charged with failure to obey a police officer and resisting arrest. He has resigned from the DA’s office. While the article is short, one wonders if the day will come when your identity papers must be examined and your Dang’An updated by any government official for any reason.
Lastly, another ethics complaint (anyone have a copy?) has been filed against Sen. Tripp Pittman. Hopefully, this will get resolved before the regular session starts. Copy available thru Baldwin Watchdog, this is a 47 MB file, dial up users may prefer the smaller (7 MB) abridged version.