I had a Commerce and Transportation committee meeting this morning at 8:30 (certainly a full week for committee meetings…) and meet with a few people after the meeting.
The Senate went back into session at 10:00. I had worked with Senator Ward on a bill that would exclude service members from paying state income tax on earnings while serving in a combat zone. This concept parallels what is done at the federal level and further supports the men and women of Alabama and their families as they serve our country, directly in harm’s way. Senator Ward was not available when the bill was called and I was honored to have been asked to present the bill on the floor, answer questions from the members, and see this bill through to final passage in the Senate. This was my first bill to introduce on the floor - what a great, first bill to usher through.
Several members from North Alabama were present for the Alabama Federation of Republican Women’s meeting in Montgomery today. I was able to briefly meet with a few of them and enjoyed showing them the office and having a picture taken.
I had a second bill called later in the afternoon. This was SB98, dealing with emergency contracting. The intent of this bill is to tighten the process by which emergency contracts are used in the state. The bill passed the Senate with a minor technical amendment regarding a typographical error relating to a specific section in the Alabama Code (41-6-72 vs. 41-16-72….devils always in the details!).
The Senate adjourned for the week a little before 3 PM. I'll work here for another hour or so, allowing Birmingham traffic to settle down and then head back to North Alabama for the remainder of the week.