The Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) has named State Senator Chris Elliott (R-Daphne) as Lawmaker of the Year 2021.
Elliott represents Senate District 32, which covers Baldwin County and sits on the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee as well as the Deputy Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee.
The AFA said Elliott was instrumental in the authorship and passage of Senate Bill 107, which limits the authority of cities outside of their traditional jurisdiction. The association worked actively to help Elliott make this bill a success.
Elliott touted AFA’s work to support the rights of landowners.
“Writing and successfully delivering hard-hitting legislation that reflects strong Conservative principles and limited government is a priority,” Elliott said. “The Alabama Forestry Association is widely regarded as the state organization that champions private property rights and it has been a pleasure working with them. It is an honor to be recognized as their legislator of the year.
Tom Bradley, chairman of the AFA’s government affairs committee and a member of the ForestPAC board of directors, praised Elliott’s legislative efforts to tackle what he calls “government overbreadth.”
“Chris Elliott passed one of the most beneficial recent pieces of legislation in Senate Bill 107,” Bradley said. “This legislation protects the private landowner from the excesses of municipal government and allows the landowner to manage their timber stands using good silvicultural practices. Without Chris’ hard work, this bill would never have passed. I can’t think of a more deserving Legislator of the Year recipient.
The AFA last month endorsed Elliott in his bid for re-election to the Alabama state Senate.
Dylan Smith is a writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL