I left my home in Madison late Monday afternoon – ahead of the snow and ice for this week – arriving in Montgomery last night. Today is the start of our fifth week of the 2014 Legislative Session. The state constitution limits us to 30 legislative days within a 105 day calendar window. The window opened on 14 January and today is the 12th Legislative Day; a legislative day occurs any day the Senate goes to the floor for a vote.
I was able to join the Alabama State Retired Employees Association for their annual meeting and luncheon this afternoon. The Madison County Chamber of Commerce was scheduled to visit the State House on Wednesday but had to cancel due to the snow and ice. I know we are all looking forward to Spring!
Action on the Senate Floor today included finishing up the Sun Set Bills. These Bills are the process by which various boards and commissions are reviewed and allowed to continue their work. Our rules call for this re-authorization to take place by a certain legislative day.
In other events across Senate District 2 – even though we are in session I continue to work across the Senate District when back home.
I will start tomorrow morning with committee meetings at 8:30 and the Senate goes back into session at 3 PM. I hear that several inches of additional snow is expected to fall across North Alabama this evening so please be safe on the roads, check on neighbors and the elderly especially if the power goes out...also please don't forget to bring our four legged friends inside!
Semper Fi - Bill