A big thank you to Sen Beason and Sen Marsh for having the Special Order Calendar for the 16th Legislative Day in the Senate ready ahead of time. OK so I was off one week on the tort reform bills but now we have them up tomorrow as well as a little spice of [...]
As a legislator, I get a lot of calls on a lot of issues. Lately, I’ve gotten an earful on the legislative pay raise that so many thought would be repealed with the new majority. As a freshman legislator, I run a risk even taking a public stand on this issue (even some of the more senior [...]
Imagine a Life with Autism By Caroline Gomez, Ph.D, State Autism Coordinator & State Senator Cam Ward
Close your eyes and imagine for a moment that as a child you are woken in the morning after sleeping for only a few hours. Exhaustion. You get out of bed, but have no idea where you [...]
My weekly post was delayed by a much needed get-away with my wonderful wife, Ashley. We are expecting a second child in August, and this may have been our last chance to get some time alone without children. That said, below are a collection of thoughts on various and sundry issues coming up in [...]
This week the Senate should begin debating four tort reform bills that recently moved out of the Judiciary Committee. While there are several other tort reform measures out there, these are the four that are now in a position for final passage in the Senate. For the last 4 weeks several senators [...]
Last Thursday the General Fund budget passed the Senate, and Senate Democrats were able to amend the bill fund Senior Rx, senior Meals on Wheels, cancer screenings, and prosthesis for Alabamians in need who have lost limbs.
Senior Rx has provided more than $220 million in free prescription drugs to Alabama seniors in need [...]
There is a storm rising in West Alabama.
No, it is not the common spring thunderstorm or tornadic type activity that we have grown accustomed too and even learned to anticipate at this time of the year.
This is a storm of enormous proportions that has the potential shake the state of Alabama to [...]
The Senate will have a busy week ahead. Some highlights are below, but as we move past the first third of the session expect budgets to start dominating more attention.
Senate Judiciary Committee will have a monster agenda again this week. A copy of the agenda can be viewed at my web site [...]
Next Tuesday, we will take up my friend Rep. Micky Hammon’s expansive immigration package, which is really a combination of most of the immigration bills introduced in years past. As I have stated elsewhere on this site, immigration is one of our more pressing challenges as a State, and it is one that we will [...]
This week, the Senate and House Judiciary Committees met in an extraordinary session to discuss the current prison overcrowding problem we face in Alabama. For the past year, I have had the pleasure of working with a bipartisan, inter-branch Coalition of legislators, criminal justice agencies and stakeholders to analyze Alabama’s sentencing and corrections data [...]
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to be in Thomasville for an announcement by G.D. Copper of its plans to build a $100 million plant that will employ more than 300 people. This plant will make Thomasville, Alabama the first and only place in the United States where copper pipes and tubes used [...]
When I served in the House, I used to always go up to members of the Senate a couple of hours before they went into session and ask what was being debated that day. I always received the same answer, “we don’t know because the special order calendar does not get published until we [...]
My great-grandfather, Lister Hill, used to say that during his tenure as a Congressman and Senator for our great State, he learned an important rule about legislating. When creating new law, the operative question is not whether the government can do what the law allows it to do. It’s not even whether the government [...]
As an additional follow up to my last post I wanted to share some more thoughts on this past week in the Senate.
The Alabama Legislature just ended our third week of this session and have completed seven legislative days. Under law, we are not allowed to meet for more than 30 legislative [...]
Maybe its just me but this legislative session seems much busier than any I have ever been through. I am not sure if it is being in the Senate or just the change in party control. The Senate Judiciary Committee met twice this week and worked through a total of three agenda pages of [...]