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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tax Preparer Bill Dead

A bill that would regulate individual tax preparers has been carried over, and is likely dead for this session according to the House sponsor.

The House recessed for lunch after several members debated the bill for about an hour and 15 minutes.

State Rep. John Rogers, D-Birmingham, a fierce opponent of the bill probably has the most memorable comments about the bill, and particularly the man that helped get the ball rolling on a bill to regulate the industry, Stephen Black, founder of IMPACT Alabama.

"I have such heavy heart because you’re such a nice person," Rogers said. "But what bothers me to no end...Stephen Black said he is going to come to my district and campaign against me. I want him to come. I want him to come often and early. I love to see a Caucasian come into my district, he might come but he might not get out.

Rogers went on to say, "I’m going to give him bus fare so that he can come campaign against me. I’ll make a donation so he can qualify. I'll take him and beat him dead with that one bill. If I show the folks about that bill he’d run for cover."

Bill sponsor, state Rep. Tammy Irons, D-Florence, said the bill is likely dead for this session, but she said the bill would be back next year.

-- posted by Markeshia Ricks


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