A humorous moment on the show came as I compared the State budget woes before us to my family’s “home communication budget”. As line items of our communication budget I listed four cell phones, cable TV, internet, home phone, and TIVO. I used the analogy that if my home revenues fell, someone would likely lose a cell phone and that someone would probably be one of our daughters. Dale had to go to commercial break and to my surprise, my 14 year old daughter sent me a text (joking…I think) about how devastated she would be if she had to give up her cell phone. Of course I shared this with Dale during the next segment and Dale quickly pointed out how she “lobbied” me to stay in the budget just like department heads will be doing in the coming days due to Gov. Bentley’s proposed budget cuts. It’s as simple…or complicated, as that. We have some very tough decisions to make with the 2012 budget.
At 0830 I had a meeting concerning legislation for repeat DUI offenders and would require an ignition interlock to prevent a drunk driver from staring their car. I’m working this bill with Rep Bill Poole (HD 63).
Following that meeting I had a meeting with the Department of Human Resources Commissioner concerning upcoming contracts. Then it was off to the General Fund Committee meeting where we passed several bills out of committee. These bills can be viewed on ALISON. After that I had an introductory meeting with the Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner. As chair of the Veteran’s and Military Affairs Committee it was important for me to meet with the Commission concerning the work ahead.
I was able to take in a short lunch and then met briefly with the Madison County Leadership Class touring the State House before my next meeting to collaborate with Senator Beason and others on an omnibus Illegal Immigration bill. I was able to catch back up with the final speaker of the day for the Madison County Leadership group prior to them boarding the bus back to Madison County.
I concluded the day reviewing and responding to several emails from constituents concerning the Governor’s proposed budget actions for 2012.
Tonight I will complete my review of the contracts for tomorrow's Contract Review Committee meeting. If you’re really interested you can review the agenda here .
The Senate will reconvene at 1000. You can follow along with the Senate – live audio and video feed of the session is available.
I plan to return to home Thursday evening and have somewhat of a busy weekend ahead:
Attending the HEALS Administrative Office Ribbon Cutting on Friday as well as Congressman Mo Brooks Open House later that afternoon.
I plan to attend the Veterans Museum Monthly Coffee Call in Athens on Saturday and then the 203rd Alabama National Guard Change of Command at ASU. I plan to stop in at the East Limestone Quarterback Club Car Show at Creekside Elementary School on Saturday (hope the weather holds and I can get some Spring seat time in the Corvette and participate in this great car show).
Sunday will be some nice family time and then Monday I’ll attend the Research Park Blvd overpass at Blake Bottom meeting at the Monrovia Community Center…then it’s back to Montgomery on Tuesday.
I had a couple of people email me that the blog was experiencing technical difficulties earlier today. Not sure what was going on but I “re-published” the blog and as is well. Hopefully this was a one-time occurrence. I barley have time to write the blog much less deal with technical gremlins!