We passed three bills at CTU; two of which I will carry in the Senate for Rep. McCutcheon. These bills address the structure of the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and I thank him for his work on these bills. We believe these bills will enable ALDOT to more efficiently accomplish their mission by helping reduce the bureaucracy and red tape that have historically plagued the department, slowing road projects across the state. I also thank Director Cooper for his work with Rep. McCutcheon.
I then held several meetings in my office with various agencies and special interest groups (read lobbyist) concerning legislation I’m working on, or had questions on. This is always helpful as I become more informed to take a position on a bill…there are many sides to a story! My principal concern – how does this benefit the people of Alabama?
The Senate went into session at 10 AM and I’m proud to report that we were able to work through a very robust agenda in a bi-partisan manner on legislation ranging from sentencing changes for non-violent crimes to rules for fire suppression sprinkler systems in single family homes. I hope we are able to continue in this manner in the days ahead.
The legislature is on Spring Break next week (of course my children were on Spring Break last week…) and I look forward to catching up on several projects and visiting with constituents across the district. The pace will quicken when we return as we have much work in front of us; we’ve yet to take up the redistricting plan and the General Fund and Education budgets - both of which have significant shortfalls. I confirmed the substitute for SB159 will be back up for a committee vote when we return (I'll post a link to the bill once availalbe) and we’ll likely take up the School Flexibility and Education Options acts I linked to in yesterday’s blog.
Semper Fi - Bill