On Wednesday, the Alabama Legislature passed a bill by Senator Rusty Glover (R-Semmes) and Representative Randy Davis (R-Daphne) that will increase funding for the USS Alabama Commission. Starting with 2015 state tax income returns, Alabamians can check a box to donate a portion of their tax return to the USS Alabama Commission, located in Mobile.
The 18-member Commission, established by the Alabama Legislature in 1963 and signed into law by Governor George Wallace, is responsible for the maintenance of the USS Alabama. The Commission receives no public money and has been self-sufficient since its establishment, according to Commission’s website.
“The USS Alabama Commission has done excellent work in preserving a historic landmark for the people of our state and country” stated Senator Glover. “But since it receives no state funding, it is important to give Alabamians an opportunity to contribute on their tax returns to the park’s upkeep, if they so desire.”
The USS Alabama sits in Mobile Bay, and has thousands of eager visitors each year. The Alabama saw extensive action in World War II in the Pacific theater as part of the Third and Fifth fleets, and participated in the invasion of Japan in 1945 to end the war.
“I want to thank Rep. Randy Davis for his help in passing this legislation,” remarked Senator Glover. “The imposing presence of the USS Alabama in Mobile Bay is a reminder of the price previous generations of Americans paid to keep our nation free. May we ever remember and honor their memory.”
Senator Rusty Glover represents Mobile County in the Alabama Senate. Senator Glover is a retired teacher. He and his wife, Connie, are the proud parents of two daughters, Katie and Kellie. The Glovers make their home in Semmes. Contact his Senate office at 334-242-7884.