SB20 – establishing an Alabama Drought Assessment and Planning Team. This will certainly assist our farmers and agriculture industries across the state.
SB58 – amending the Alabama Open Meetings Act to allow governmental bodies to participate in meetings via telephone or video conference. I successfully amended the bill to clarify that a member of a committee participating in a meeting remotely could not receive any compensation for attending, to include claiming any sort of travel expenses...not saying anyone I know would do that but I feel it is best to clarify this in the law!
SB7 – a constitutional amendment removing the exception for local school boards from unfunded mandates. This will protect our local schools ensuring anything passed by the legislature must also be funded by the legislature.
Also, late yesterday afternoon, the Senate passed Senate Joint Resolution 16 (SJR 16) naming the bridge crossing I-65 on U.S. Highway 72 in Athens as the State Trooper Simmie Jeffries Memorial Bridge. This request was brought to me by residents of Limestone County who wanted to honor Trooper Jeffries who was tragically killed while working an accident at this intersection prior to the overpass being built. I will follow as the SJR now moves to the House.
I finished the afternoon with several meetings in my office concerning a wide range of topics. All things considered, the first week of session was relatively productive. Next week looks to be challenging as the myriad of bills introduced will begin their journey through committees and on to the floor. The Senate will reconvene Tuesday afternoon.
In closing - a fellow Senator shared this cartoon with me and I thought I'd share on the blog as it is quite humorous!
Semper Fi - Bill