The Senate and House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation this week allowing the governor to appoint a professional geologist to the Alabama Environmental Commission.
SB 273 by Sen. Clay Scofield, R-Red Hill, passed the Senate Tuesday, and HB 358 by Rep. Kyle South, R-Fayette, passed the House Thursday.
The bills give greater flexibility for one appointment to the seven-member commission. Current law requires the seat to be held by a certified well driller, which has created challenges in finding a qualified appointee. The bill has been assigned to the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee.
The Environmental Management Commission governs actions by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. Other members include a physician, engineer, attorney, chemist or veterinarian, biologist or ecologist, and an Alabama resident with no specialized experience. (Federation Supports)