applicant: A natural person who files a written application with the governing body of the city in accordance with Section 45-23A-91. See Alabama Code 45-23A-91.01
Appraisal: A determination of property value.
Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
Attorney-in-fact: A person who, acting as an agent, is given written authorization by another person to transact business for him (her) out of court.
authority: The Ozark Downtown Redevelopment Authority, a public corporation organized pursuant to this part. See Alabama Code 45-23A-91.01
AUTHORIZING RESOLUTION: A resolution adopted by the governing body of the city in accordance with Section 45-23A-91. See Alabama Code 45-23A-91.01
Balanced budget: A budget in which receipts equal outlays.
Baseline: Projection of the receipts, outlays, and other budget amounts that would ensue in the future without any change in existing policy. Baseline projections are used to gauge the extent to which proposed legislation, if enacted into law, would alter current spending and revenue levels.
Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
Donor: The person who makes a gift.
DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AREA: The central business district of the city as described in subsection (b) of Section 45-23A-91. See Alabama Code 45-23A-91.01
ENUMERATED AGENCY: All departments, councils, boards, commissions, divisions, bureaus or like governmental units or subunits of the State of Alabama which are enumerated herein. See Alabama Code 41-20-2
Foreclosure: A legal process in which property that is collateral or security for a loan may be sold to help repay the loan when the loan is in default. Source: OCC
Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
FUEL ECONOMY: The applicable model year combined highway/city fuel economy with respect to a vehicle as determined on a gasoline gallon equivalent basis as determined by the Administrator of the U. See Alabama Code 41-17A-2
Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
GOVERNING BODY: With respect to the city, its city council, board of commissioners, or other like governing body. See Alabama Code 45-23A-91.01
HEAVY DUTY VEHICLE: Any motor vehicle, licensed for use on roadways, having a manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating greater than 14,000 pounds. See Alabama Code 41-17A-2
Impeachment: (1) The process of calling something into question, as in "impeaching the testimony of a witness." (2) The constitutional process whereby the House of Representatives may "impeach" (accuse of misconduct) high officers of the federal government for trial in the Senate.
Interest rate: The amount paid by a borrower to a lender in exchange for the use of the lender's money for a certain period of time. Interest is paid on loans or on debt instruments, such as notes or bonds, either at regular intervals or as part of a lump sum payment when the issue matures. Source: OCC
Joint committee: Committees including membership from both houses of teh legislature. Joint committees are usually established with narrow jurisdictions and normally lack authority to report legislation.
Joint session: When both chambers of a legislature adopt a concurrent resolution to meet together.
Legislative session: That part of a chamber's daily session in which it considers legislative business (bills, resolutions, and actions related thereto).
LIGHT DUTY VEHICLE: Any motor vehicle designed primarily for the transportation of persons and with a manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating of 8,500 pounds or less. See Alabama Code 41-17A-2
LINE-ITEM APPROPRIATION: A separate reference in an appropriation bill to a proposed expenditure, which is certain as to the recipients and the amount with a general description of the expenditure. See Alabama Code 41-19A-3
Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
MEDIUM DUTY VEHICLE: Any vehicle having a manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating of 14,000 pounds or less and which is not a light-duty truck or passenger vehicle. See Alabama Code 41-17A-2
NONENUMERATED AGENCY: All departments, councils, boards, commissions, divisions, bureaus or like governmental units of the State of Alabama which are not enumerated herein. See Alabama Code 41-20-2
Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
PASS-THROUGH APPROPRIATIONS: The expenditure of state funds by an agency at the explicit direction of a member of the Legislature, or a person acting on behalf of such member, if such expenditure is not for a purpose specified in a line-item appropriation. See Alabama Code 41-19A-3
person: Unless limited to a natural person by the context in which it is used, includes a public or private corporation, a municipality, a county, or an agency, department, or instrumentality of the state, or of a county or municipality. See Alabama Code 45-23A-91.01
Power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
President pro tempore: A constitutionally recognized officer of the Senate who presides over the chamber in the absence of the Vice President. The President Pro Tempore (or, "president for a time") is elected by the Senate and is, by custom, the Senator of the majority party with the longest record of continuous service.
Presiding officer: A majority-party Senator who presides over the Senate and is charged with maintaining order and decorum, recognizing Members to speak, and interpreting the Senate's rules, practices and precedents.
PRINCIPAL OFFICE: The place at which the certificate of incorporation and amendments thereto, the by-laws and the minutes of the proceedings of the board of the authority are kept. See Alabama Code 45-23A-91.01
project: Interests in land, buildings, structures, facilities, or other improvements located or to be located within the downtown development area, and any fixtures, machinery, equipment, furniture, or other property of any nature whatsoever used on, in, or in connection with any such land, interest in land, building, structure, facility, or other improvement, all for the essential public purpose of the development of trade, commerce, industry, and employment opportunities in the downtown development area. See Alabama Code 45-23A-91.01
Recess: A temporary interruption of the legislative business.
Reporter: Makes a record of court proceedings and prepares a transcript, and also publishes the court's opinions or decisions (in the courts of appeals).
Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
Subpoena duces tecum: A command to a witness to produce documents.
SUNSET BILL: Any bill introduced pursuant to subsection (d) of Section 41-20-4 of this act. See Alabama Code 41-20-2
termination: The end, abolishment or annulment of any agency or the act of causing the existence to cease. See Alabama Code 41-20-2
Testify: Answer questions in court.
Transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.
Usury: Charging an illegally high interest rate on a loan. Source: OCC
Veto: The procedure established under the Constitution by which the President/Governor refuses to approve a bill or joint resolution and thus prevents its enactment into law. A regular veto occurs when the President/Governor returns the legislation to the house in which it originated. The President/Governor usually returns a vetoed bill with a message indicating his reasons for rejecting the measure. In Congress, the veto can be overridden only by a two-thirds vote in both the Senate and the House.
Writ of certiorari: An order issued by the Supreme Court directing the lower court to transmit records for a case for which it will hear on appeal.