On Thursday the Senate passed 10 of the Sunset bills. This is important as we’ve now passed all of the Sunset bills making room for other bills to be placed on the calendar. Hopefully readers will recall from past blog updates that due to filibustering by the Democrats we passed a total of 2 Sunset bills in one week and 20 the following week; amazing process here in Montgomery.
I was able to attend several events across the District while at home. On Friday I met briefly with Rep. McCutcheon and Rep. Williams in Athens. We then met with the Superintendent and School Board President of Athens City Schools along with members of their staff. Later we met with the Chair of the Limestone County Commission concerning tornado debris cleanup. The delegation committed to help fund some of the cleanup. Look for more details on this from the media. On Saturday morning I attended the Madison County Republican Men’s Club breakfast where Governor Bentley spoke to a large crowd of over 200. Saturday evening I enjoyed time with my daughter Abby and members of our Corvette Club, Vets with Vettes and Corvette Owners as we hosted a Corvette Club from Memphis visiting the area over the weekend. This club had hosted our club on Beale Street last year. Sunday after church Pam and I attended the quarterly club meeting and a nice drive on some back roads in north Madison and Limestone Counties...life's troubles never seem to keep up with my Corvette! On Monday I attended Senator Shelby’s Washington update breakfast in Huntsville, followed by the Athens Limestone United Way Annual Luncheon in Athens. Later that evening I attended the Madison County Republican Executive Committee meeting in Huntsville.
On Tuesday I headed to Montgomery, arriving in time for a Commerce, Transportation and Utilities Committee meeting. The Senate went into session later in the afternoon where we debated and passed several bills. I was able to pass a bill today concerning campaign finance reporting. This change takes into consideration an instance where a candidate may live in a city that crosses two counties. Under current law a candidate must file campaign reports in both county seats – very time consuming. This bill allows for a candidate to file in one county, and the report to be emailed to the other county for public access. Yet another common sense approach to government!
Tomorrow I have 7 committee meetings lined up with a total of 17 bills to read tonight...I wonder how many of those are 5 page bills as opposed to 20 page bills…could be a long night as I read each bill.
Now that I think about it, I'm pitching a triple header tomorrow - my Physical Therapy Bill, SB223 in Health Committee, my School Flexibility Bill SB365 in Education Policy, and my Legislative Compensation, SB243 in Constitution, Campaign Finance, Ethics, and Elections.
For those wondering or communicating with me about supporting or not supporting HB159 and HB160 – these bills continue to be amended in advance of committee meetings. I support the concept proposed by these bills but have some concerns with them as written. I’ll continue to hold my final thoughts on these bills until they are moved out of the Finance and Taxation Education Committee…a committee I do not sit on. I’ve quickly learned; a bill may look quite different once it moves out of committee.
Semper Fi - Bill