My first meeting was a Senate Republican Caucus meeting where we discussed strategy for the week. I then introduced my first bill of the 2014 session as late last week I introduced two bills – SB193 and SB194. Both bills were the subject of a Joint Senate/House Judiciary Committee Public Hearing today. You can read a report of the meeting here. I am truly grateful to the victim’s families for not only making the trip to Montgomery but for their heartfelt, difficult testimony at today's meeting. The bills are scheduled for a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow.
The Senate went into session at 2 PM and after some administrative activity the first bill of the week was introduced – SB15 regarding absentee voting for emergency responders and others in instances when the Governor declares a state of emergency such as after a tornado, hurricane, etc...the Democrats immediately launched into a filibuster because allowing emergency responders to vote absentee while they are saving lives and protecting property is in reality a way to enhance opportunities for fraudulent voting????
I’m happy to report that everything is not as it appears in Montgomery. Fact is the Democrats will support this bill (to prove my point, I’ll capture the vote count as I suspect they will all vote for it...after filibustering it for hours on end!). Reality is, they were filibustering another bill in the hopper and simply want to delay and defend the progress of good government. After almost three hours of filibustering, the bill was carried over.
Tomorrow will be a busy day of committee meetings; I have a total of 3 committee meetings where we will debate a total of 14 bills...in addition to my two bills - SB193 and SB194 discussed above that I will present in committee tomorrow afternoon. The Senate will go back into session at 3 PM tomorrow afternoon and I’m suspecting another round of filibustering!
Now for some light reading of bills before bedtime in preparation for tomorrow’s meetings.
Semper Fi - Bill