In between these meetings I did a radio interview on the Matt Murphy Show, a Birmingham talk show. The Republican Caucus met at noon and the Senate went into session at 1 PM. A couple of Senators were out sick with the flu today – making debate and voting on contentious bills a concern, so everyone agreed to work through an agenda of non-controversial bills, all-in-all making for a good day.
Throughout the day I periodically met with several schools, business and community leaders concerning the Common Core Standards. I listened to their thoughts and concerns and shared my concerns as detailed in the blog yesterday. I think the dialogue went very well with both sides better understanding the issues. A joint Senate and House Education Policy meeting is scheduled for tomorrow concerning Common Core and members of the State Board of Education are scheduled to meet on Thursday.
I will consider a total of 10 bills in four committee meetings tomorrow, starting at 9 AM; Children and Youth Affairs, Veteran Affairs, General Fund, followed by Banking and Insurance. I’ll round the day out with the Joint Education Policy meeting at 3 PM.
Semper Fi - Bill