Scott Beason

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Scott Beason

Jason Scott Beason (born October 13, 1969 in Hartselle) a former Alabama state senator who represented District 17 from 2004 to 2014.

Beason earned a degree in geology from the University of Alabama in 1991. He is the owner of Custom Renovators and Old South Construction. He ran unsucessfully for the Alabama House of Representatives in 1994. He won the seat in 1998, and was re-elected to the House in 2002. In 2006, he won the Senate seat, defeating fellow Republican Jack Biddle in the primaries. He ran unopposed in the general election. He was a member of the Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee and the Alabama Republican Executive Committee.

In December 2008, Beason presented a plan entitled "Proposed Legislative Initiative for Resolving Jeffco Sewer Crisis" which called for diversion of earmarked tax dollars, including the funding for Cooper Green Mercy Hospital, to pay off Jefferson County's sewer debt.

In 2009 Beason was among the legislators that wore a concealed audio recording device during conversations with individuals allegedly offering bribes to influence votes on matters involving electronic bingo.

Beason looks on as Governor Bentley signs the "Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act" on June 9, 2011

In 2011 Beason co-sponsored House Bill 56 in the Senate. The resulting "Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act" gave the state unprecedented responsibilities to jointly enforce United States immigration controls by requiring residents to provide proof of citizenship in virtually every interaction with state agencies and services and also requiring private businesses and citizens to verify immigration documents before entering into contracts for services. The bill fulfilled Beason's February call to lawmakers to "empty the clip and do what has to be done" to curtail illegal immigration in Alabama.

During the same session, Beason exercised a privilege granted by Senate rules to single-handedly block a vote on a House-approved bill to establish limited home rule in Jefferson County. He also introduced Senate Bill 140 authorizing a statewide referendum to continue the Forever Wild public lands program and shepherded legislation restricting abortion procedures beyond 20 weeks from conception.

Beason campaigned against incumbent Spencer Bachus to represent the 6th Congressional District of Alabama in the 2012 Republican primary. Beason chose not to run again in the 2014 election and endorsed the victor, Shay Shelnutt in the 2014 Republican primary.

Beason formerly co-hosted the "Yellowhammer Radio" program on WYDE-FM. He left shortly after Cliff Sims' departure from the program to launch his own "The Scott Beason Show" on the same station. He and his wife Lori, and their three children reside in Gardendale and are members of Gardendale's First Baptist Church.

Preceded by:
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Alabama State Senate District 17
20042014
Succeeded by:
Shay Shelnutt

References

  • Wright, Barnett (January 8, 2009) "Legislator: Divert taxes for hospital to pay sewer debt." The Birmingham News
  • Bayerle, Dana (February 7, 2011) "Beason: 'Empty the clip' comment taken out of context." Gadsden Times
  • White, David (June 10, 2011) "Alabama Sen. Beason kills Jefferson County home rule bill." The Birmingham News
  • Dean, Charles J. (June 12, 2011) "Jefferson County's Sen. Scott Beason politically 'hot' and every where you look." The Birmingham News
  • Whitmire, Kyle (January 31, 2014) "High-profile, controversial state Sen. Scott Beason won't seek reelection." The Birmingham News

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