Although Sen. Larry Stutts served as the fall guy, primary responsibility in passage of HB24, and subsequent failure to repeal, can be placed squarely upon the shoulders of Rep. Ken Johnson and the members of the Lawrence County Commission.
When voters failed to approve a tax increase to support the County Commission – instead of living within their budgets as voters demanded – they chose to raid the budgets of the Lawrence County school system, the hospital, cities and municipalities.
These entities collectively will lose more than $400,000 each year that HB24 stays in effect. Voters will have to determine the wisdom of that action next election.
Our special thanks to Sen. Paul Bussman for his efforts to repeal HB24. We expect his bill to repeal will be reintroduced in the next legislative session unless the legal challenge of HB24 is successful.
Dr. Charles Borden,