Senator Whatley Holds Roundtable with Community Leaders

By Tom Whatley

 

AUBURN, Ala. – Senator Tom Whatley (R-Auburn) today held a legislative roundtable in Auburn with leaders from across State Senate District 27, which includes Lee, Tallapoosa, and Russell Counties. Participants included Lee County Commissioners Robert Ham and John Andrew Harris, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones, Auburn City Council member Beth Witten, small business owner Butch Brock, and representatives from Auburn University and the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Whatley opened with a summary of the 2016 regular legislative session, highlighting major accomplishments like passing the largest education budget in eight years, providing teachers a pay raise, protecting children through Ava’s Law, and procuring additional funding for Auburn University.

“Despite several political distractions this year, the Alabama Legislature passed common sense, conservative reforms to improve our state,” commented Senator Whatley. “We rolled up our sleeves and worked, because that’s what public servants do.”

After the legislative summary, Whatley opened up the floor for discussion about local issues and concerns. City and county elected officials brought up the need for additional road and infrastructure funds. In response, Whatley talked about several proposals to address is issue, which hasn’t happened in Alabama in more than twenty years.

“Representing my district’s needs in Montgomery is my highest priority as a state senator. I want to ensure Lee, Tallapoosa, and Russell counties get every dollar they need to grow and provide for their residents,” Whatley concluded.

Other topics of discussion included Medicaid and prison reform.

Senator Tom Whatley represents Lee, Russell, and Tallapoosa Counties. He is chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Committee. Follow him on Twitter: @SenTomWhatley