Wednesday was comprised of several committee meetings with departmental meetings interspersed throughout the day. Wednesday evening was filled with several receptions and a dinner. I was able to attend the Soil and Water Conservation reception, the Home Builders reception and the Independent Insurance Agents reception. Later that evening I attended the Alabama Federation of Republican Women (AFRW) dinner; House Speaker Hubbard was the guest speaker.
I continued the morning chairing the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee meeting. We debated and passed three bills out of the committee. Of note HB211 passed – establishing a disabled veterans hunting license.
The Senate went into session at 10 AM and we began debating several bills that were in position for passage out of the Senate. Bills passing the full Senate include:
SB85 – This bill removes the war time or hazardous duty clause for veteran’s education benefits.
SB319 – This bill clears up implementation issues raised by the Administrative Office of Courts and Department of Public Safety for the Ignition Interlock device that we passed in 2011. I was the sponsor of this legislation supported by MADD.
SB98 – This bill addresses pre-need – or pre-paid – funeral services and was brought about after a few cases of funeral homes across the state going out of business - after accepting payment for pre-paid funeral services, leaving grieving families in a terrible circumstance. This legislation requires payments made for pre-need funeral services to be placed in a secure account.
I will keep a watchful eye to the West as I drive home later this evening, hopefully arriving home ahead of the forecasted storms. I am looking forward to running my first 5K of the year this weekend – the 5th annual Grissom JROTC Wounded Warrior 5K.
The Senate will return to session on Tuesday for the 17th Legislative Day.
Semper Fi - Bill