The Senate then went on adopt a second Special Order Calendar with 12 bills. The Senate worked though this bill passing all 12. Of note, HB241 creating the Alabama Homeowner’s Association Act passed and will go to the Governor for consideration. I have worked with several others on this legislation – actually first working on this as the Madison City Council President to address citizen concerns from that level. I’m happy to see this bill pass and feel that it will address a majority of the concerns that have been brought to our attention.
The House passed the Education Budget in a 105 – 0 vote...a truly amazing feat that no one seems to have every recalled. The Education Budget approves and appropriates $5.9B for education in our state. Some changes were made in the House requiring the bill to go to a Conference Committee. Both the Senate and House concurred with the changes. The bill now goes to the Governor for consideration.
The Senate adjourned just before 4PM and will reconvene on Tuesday of next week at 2PM. As discussed in previous blog posts, we are nearing the end of the 2015 Regular Session. Our State Constitution limits each regular session to 30 Legislative Days (a Legislative Day is counted when we are called to the floor for a vote whether it be one bill or 100 bills). Tuesday will be the 25th Legislative Day leaving us just 5 days to pass the General Fund Budget.
Whether you gather with friends at home for a BBQ, at the lake or the beach, I hope everyone enjoys a great Memorial Day weekend. Please remember the true meaning of Memorial Day on Monday - recalling those that have fallen in defense of our nation and our way of life.
Semper Fi - Bill