As a recap – On 9 July the Governor announced that he would call the legislature into a special session to commence on 13 July. The Alabama Constitution limits a Special Session to 12 Legislative Days within 30 calendar days. A legislative day is counted any time we are on the floor for a vote. We’ve used 2 of the 12 days so far, one on 13 July to formally convene the Special Session, and today, bringing us out of recess and allowing those bills in committee to report out. However, we have to wrap everything up by the 30th calendar day which is 11 August.
92 Bills Introduced – at last count, 47 bills have been introduced in the House and 45 bills have been introduced in the Senate. I encourage readers to follow the links above and review the scope of the bills that have been introduced, on this the 2nd legislative day.
NOTE: If a list of Bills do not appear after clicking on the links above, click “Bills” on the left menu bar then click on the gray “House and Senate” box. Next click on the “Had First Reading” bar under Select a Status.
Every legislator has the right to introduce legislation during the session but it is my hope that we will focus on the budget items first. The Governor and I may disagree somewhat on how to overcome the state’s perennial budget challenge but we agree that the purpose of this Special Session is to singularly focus on the budget. And I hope we can come up with long term solution and resist kicking the can down the road for another budget year.
The Special Session should not be viewed as a “do-over” opportunity for bills that did not pass during the regular session. Controversial or not, these bills will consume precious time and energy that should be directed to solving the budget woes. I fully support debate on bills outside of the Governor’s call for the special session – bills having nothing to do with solving the budget – after a budget solution has passed and is signed by the Governor.
I’ll continue to update the blog on the special session as more details become available in the days ahead.
Semper Fi - Bill