Alabama Commission to Reduce Poverty
In 2009, the Alabama State Legislature passed a law establishing a permanent Commission to Reduce Poverty. The Commission is required to present a report to the state legislature at the beginning of each session. They are commissioned to study and evaluate state-supported programs, current policies and services, and recommendations and proposed legislation that serve or affect Alabamians living in poverty. It also will look at the impact of poverty on the state’s ability to attract economic development.
The Commission has convened three times since May 2009. During the first meeting, they elected officers and entered into a discussion about the Commission’s goals. Representative Patrica Todd was elected as the board chair, and Kristina Scott of the Alabama Poverty Project was elected as the vice-chair.
During the second meeting, members of the poverty commission invited Jodi Levin-Epstein, Deputy Director of the Center for Law and Social Policy, to report on other state poverty commissions and to advise them going forward. Read a report of her remarks here.
At the last meeting, Larry Lee of the Center for Rural Alabama spoke about rural education, and Jennifer Clarke spoke about neighborhood revitalization. Read a recap of the meeting.