Legislative Director

 

Director HeadshotMimi Penhale is a native of Troy, AL. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Troy University in 2010. While at Troy, she served as the SGA's Vice President of Legislative Affairs, House of Representative's President, and the 2009 Troy University Homecoming Queen. In 2013, she received her Masters in Public Health Organization and Policy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While at UAB, she served as the Public Health Student Association's President, as well as, serving on the Student Government President's Council.

Mimi began working as Legislative Director in September of 2011 with the Shelby County Legisaltive Delegation. In this capacity, she works with county administrators, city officials, local schools, colleges, organizations, and citizens, to help connect individuals with legislators or state agencies. Mimi has served as a member and Vice-Chair of the Shelby Chamber's Governmental Affairs Group since 2013. 

Mimi has worked in several different areas of the political arena. Her interest in politics started early, as she made calls with her mother at her first political phone bank at 7 years old. Following undergrad, Mimi worked as an Alabama Law Institute Intern in 2011 for Senator Ward and the Senate Judiciary Committee. She has also worked on several campaigns, running the gamut of jobs from being a volunteer to the Policitcal Director for the statewide campaign for Jeremy Oden, Public Service Commission, Place 1. 

Mimi is married to Matt Penhale and they are residents of Alabaster, AL. They have 2 daughters, Isla and Cora. 

 

Director's Update


2020 Beginning of Regular Session

This year’s Regular Session started on February 4, 2020. Last session started off in a unique way, with a Special Session called by the Governor, which forced the Legislature to address Gas Tax legislation. This year has started off more normal, but that does not mean there won’t be some controversial legislation to address.

The General Fund Budget and the Education Budget will, as always, be a focus of the Legislature. This year’s budget debates will focus on money that the state received in taxes from the past year. Most of the surplus funds are in the Education Budget. During times of surplus, the legislature will either choose to increase funds to certain areas, choose to fund new projects, or place those funds in a rainy-day account. By placing some funds during a surplus year in a rainy-day account, the legislature can utilize those funds, within their respective budget allocations, for future years, when revenue is less favorable. Out of the possibilities of increasing funding to current projects, funding new educational opportunities, or putting funds aside for future uses, there is a good chance that the Legislature will do a combination of the three.

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