A bill that I am sponsoring, SB319, was passed unanimously by the Commerce, Transportation and Utilities (CTU) Committee this afternoon. This bill is supported by MADD and will help with implementation of the Ignition Interlock legislation that we passed in 2012. Of note, I was honored to have been named a MADD Legislator of the Year in Alabama and am committed to continuing to work on this important legislation.
The Senate went into session at 3 PM and worked to pass several non-controversial bills in a very cooperative spirit. There was indication that the “wheels would come off” early on in today’s session but agreements were made concerning another bill pitting members of a delegation against each other. The parties were able to come to an agreement, avoiding a Senate shutdown...at least for today.
The Senate adjourned at 6 PM and will reconvene at 10 AM tomorrow morning.
In other news – having nothing to do with legislation or the State of Alabama – most readers know that I'm an avid Corvette enthusiast, supporter and Life Member of the National Corvette Museum (NCM). In case you have not heard, the NCM had a sinkhole open up early this morning, swallowing a total of 8 priceless Corvettes. I’m sad that this happened, but happy that the incident occurred while the NCM was closed and no one was hurt. The cars – while expensive to repair – can hopefully be retrieved and repaired. The picture below was sent to me early this morning. A security camera video of the beginning of the incident is linked here.