Unfortunately, due to the drawn out debate on the redistricting plans, the Senate ran out of time to debate other bills. Making matters worse, yesterday was the last legislative day of the 2011 session for any bills to pass the Senate and be sent to the House. Several very good bills making their way through the legislative process are now DOA and will have to wait until next year for reintroduction. The Senate will spend the remaining four legislative days debating and voting on bills that have been transferred from the House. Of note, the State Board of Education Plan that was passed by the Reapportionment Committee was passed by the House yesterday as well. This plan will be debated in the Senate next week.
After much debate the House passed the Tenure Reform Bill, SB310 late Wednesday. Several attempts were made to amend the bill passed by the Senate, none were successful. Governor Bentley signed the bill into law on Thursday.
Events I plan to attend this weekend include the Madison Police Department’s grand opening of their new addition. On Saturday I will attend the Limestone County Teenage Republican Yard Sale in Athens and on Monday I am honored to have been asked to speak at the annual Memorial Day Celebration at the Tut Fann Veteran’s Home in Huntsville.
The Senate returns to session on Tuesday. I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend. Please take time to remember those who have served and continue to serve our great nation!