I started the day with committee meetings at 8:30 AM; my last committee meeting was at 3 PM followed by an opportunity to speak at a legislative round-table with members of the Southern League of Credit Unions. I enjoyed meeting with this group, discussing legislation as well as effective means to communicate with legislators through grass-roots efforts…from a legislator’s perspective!
Topics of the bills we debated in committee meetings ranged from regulations on sperm/egg donors to allowing home schooled children participation in school extracurricular activities (Tim Tebow Bill) to extending the number of years we can use the metal license plates on our cars. Guess you could say I know a little more about a lot of things after today.
The first cut of the 2013 General Fund Budget was debated in a House committee today. A substitute budget was offered replacing the one filed by the Governor’s office. An electronic version of the substitute is not available yet (it is 11:20 PM as I type this). I will post to the blog once available. Here is a link to a press report on the hearing. This was a House committee hearing and I was unable to attend as I was in Senate committee meetings.
I’m becoming ever more concerned with the log-jam of bills stacking up for debate in the full Senate (overall, not a bad thing as bad bills won’t be passed – but what about the good bills?) and the fact that we’ve yet to collectively work on the budgets and redistricting. Tick-Tock.
I will start tomorrow morning at 8:30, chairing the Legislative Contract Review Committee. Should you desire, you can review our agenda here. The Senate reconvenes at 10:00 am tomorrow.