A bill can only have one action taken in a single day. When session opened on Tuesday bills were introduced – this is the first reading. On Wednesday committee meetings are held and bills are debated and then either held over or receive favorable report. On Thursday, today, committees reported out those bills with favorable reports; this is known as the second reading. The next step is for the bills to be taken up by the full Senate which will happen on Tuesday of next week.
The only other business conducted in the Senate today was several confirmations; the most notable being confirmation of a new director for the Ethics Commission.
I held several meetings in my office this afternoon regarding pending legislation and a few contracts held over in this morning’s Legislative Contract Review meeting.
On Saturday I plan to attend the monthly coffee call at the Athens Veteran’s Museum followed by the ribbon cutting for new improvements at the Rainbow Mountain Trailhead in Madison. Monday includes several constituent meetings and Congressman Mo Brooks’ Washington Update at the VBC. We will return to session on Tuesday of next week for the 3rd Legislative Day of the 2015 session.
Reports of ice/snow back home in North Alabama – apparently not nearly as much fun as last week’s snow. I hope everyone stays safe and warm. I say bring on Spring and Summer!
Semper Fi - Bill