Highlights of the committee meetings include the Common Core bill being carried over, allowing all parities to continue working toward a common solution, the Tim Tebow bill and the 2014 General Fund Budget being voted out of committee, and the School Calendar “Opt-Out bill being debated in committee with the amendment discussed in last night’s blog being offered. The bill is schedule for a vote next week – this could get interesting and I believe will fall along geographical lines vs. party lines as reported here.
The afternoon included several back-to-back-to-back meetings in my office concerning a wide range of topics: midwifery, dental insurance plans, common core standards, and CPR standards. Just a sampling of my compartmentalized world!
I finished up the afternoon visiting with 40+ members of Huntsville Leadership along with Madison County area legislators. It is always great to visit with community leaders from back home. I enjoyed listening to their concerns and the opportunity to share some inside baseball.
I closed out the evening in my office, going over the March Contract Review agenda – 68 contracts – for tomorrow’s monthly meeting at 8:30.
The saga regarding the Accountability Act being sent to the Governor for signature continued today. As discussed in yesterday’s blog (you really do get the inside story reading my blog!) The Legislature appealed Judge Price’s ruling to the Alabama Supreme Court...clearly this is an activist judge interfering with the legislative process and the balance of power between the three branches of government.
For those that have yet to have an opportunity to read the bill, I’ve linked to a website where you can download the full text of on the Accountability Act.
In closing, I’ll share that I’m normally very good at staying on top of emails but for the first time this session I’ve fallen behind on responding to emails. I will continue to catch up as time allows. A lot of people contact me via email, most simply express their support or opposition to an issue, some share detailed information and some ask questions or request follow up...these are the ones I queue up for response, normally within a couple of days. Yes, I’m more than a little behind. On the bright side – I’m caught up on voice mails!
I’m scheduled to be on the Fred Holland Show at 7:30 in the morning, followed by chairing the Contract Review meeting at 8:30; the Senate goes into session at 10:00. If all goes well, I’ll depart Montgomery tomorrow afternoon in time to arrive in Huntsville before 5:30 for the 15th Annual Alabama – Germany Partnership Dinner at the Davidson Center. Busy, Busy!
Semper Fi - Bill