I started this morning with a meeting in my office in Madison (some of you know this as Starbucks on Hwy 72) and then enjoyed a beautiful sunny drive south to Montgomery for the week’s session. Once in Montgomery I met with the caucus to review the weeks plan. The Senate went into session at 1 PM. After some procedural work, the Senate began debating what is known as the Tax Payer’s Bill of Rights. This legislation has passed the Senate in previous years – in 2013 the bill passed both the House and Senate but due to a technical error while engrossing the amendments to the bill the Governor was unable to sign it. The version we are working on this year, HB105 passed the House in a 97 – 2 vote. Long story short – here we are again and the debate on this legislation is renewed for another year. The debate continued for 5 hours until approximately 6 PM at which time the bill was carried over. We finished the day passing several local bills and adjourned until Thursday at 10 AM.
I wanted to remind readers that it is not too late to sign up for the Grissom JROTC Wounded Warrior 5K slated for this Saturday, February 22nd. Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and Grissom JROTC Program. I am honored to have been asked to serve as the Race Marshall for this the 5th annual 5K and look forward to running the event. My Achilles heel injury continues to mend well and I’ll be ready for the race on Saturday and hope to see many of you out there supporting the event. More information is available at this link.
Tomorrow’s schedule consists of several committee meetings starting at 8:30 AM. In Education Policy we will debate 3 bills, in Commerce Transportation and Utilities we will debate 8 Bills, and in General Fund we will debate 8 bills; that’s 3 committee meetings with 15 bills...before lunch. Tomorrow afternoon I have several departmental meetings scheduled in between presenting one of my bills, SB325 - providing confidentiality for any person or entity participating in an execution or performing any ancillary function to the Judiciary Committee. Tonight I plan to join the Alabama Cattleman’s Association for their annual legislative reception here in Montgomery but will turn in early to prepare for tomorrow!