FAMILY FARM PRESERVATION ACT TO BE REINTRODUCED
"Montgomery, Ala." The Family Farm Preservation Act (HB 402) was blocked in the Senate where plaintiff trial lawyers opposed the "loser pays" portion of the bill.
The bill passed the Alabama House with an overwhelming 89-2 vote but stalled when it was assigned to the Senate Rules Committee by Senate President Pro Tem Lowell Barron.
Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison, tried again last week to get the bill assigned to the Senate Ag Committee, but Rules Chairman Sen. Jim Preuitt, D-Talladega, failed to recognize the motion.
"We are grateful for the grassroots support that our members provided for the Family Farm Preservation Act," said Freddie Patterson, director of the Federation's Governmental Affairs Department. "We'd also like to thank the members of the House of Representatives for their votes and support that resulted in the overwhelming passage of the bill in the House. I'd also like to thank the senators who joined Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison, as co-sponsors of the bill in the Senate."
Patterson said bills often take more than one session to pass.
"This bill is vital to the survival of Alabama farmers, and we will continue to give every effort to its passage in a future session of the Legislature," he said. "Research in Alabama and other states will continue so that we can provide farmers and legislators with current information on environmental issues, including lawsuits, that affect Alabama agriculture."