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About the LFO

Director: Norris Green
Address:
Alabama State House
11 South Union Street, Room 620
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-3525
Telephone: (334) 242-7950
Fax: (334) 242-4708
http://www.lfo.state.al.us/


STATUTORY CREATION


The Legislative Fiscal Office (LFO) was established as a legislative agency by Act 1975-108 (Title 29, Chapter 5 of the Code of Alabama 1975).


MISSION

The LFO was established for the purpose of providing independent, accurate and objective fiscal information to members of the Alabama House and Senate.


GOVERNANCE

The operation of the LFO is supervised by a ten-member continuing legislative committee, the Joint Fiscal Committee. The Joint Fiscal Committee consists of the Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, three members of the House Ways and Means Committee selected by the Chair of that committee, the Chair of the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee, three members of the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee selected by the Chair of that committee, the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House. Joint Fiscal Committee members’ terms are for the quadrennium for which they were elected to the Legislature and until their successors have been elected and qualified. The Chair of the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee serves as chair of the Joint Fiscal Committee.

The Joint Fiscal Committee selects and appoints the Director of the Fiscal Office who is responsible for the supervision, direction and control of the office. The Director of the Fiscal Office is also known as the Legislative Fiscal Officer.


DUTIES

The responsibilities and duties of the LFO include:

  • serving as primary staff for the House Ways and Means Committees and Senate Finance and Taxation Committees;
  • fiscal analysis of legislative proposals and preparation of fiscal notes on bills which are introduced;
  • analysis for the legislature of executive budget, tax and revenue proposals;
  • drafting of legislative budget, tax and revenue proposals and related legislation;
  • tracking of budget, tax and revenue legislation;
  • analysis of agency budgets and budget requests;
  • monitoring of state tax and other receipts;
  • revenue estimating;
  • certification (in conjunction with a separate certification by the Director of Finance) by the Legislative Fiscal Officer of projected growth in the Education Trust Fund by the third legislative day of each regular session (as required by Act 2000-732- the “National Average for Teachers’ Salaries” Act);
  • special evaluations of programs or agencies as designated by the Joint Fiscal Committee;
  • general research upon request of legislative committees or individual legislators; and
  • publication and distribution of materials to communicate fiscal information to legislators and the public.


USING THE FISCAL OFFICE

Senators who wish to make a request of the Fiscal Office should contact the Senate Fiscal Officer (Rachel Riddle). House members should contact the House Fiscal Officer (Kirk Fulford). Legislators may also direct their requests to the Director (Norris Green) and the Assistant Director (Sharon Bivens). They may be contacted by telephone at (334) 242-7950.

   
   

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