In previous blogs I have mentioned the possibility of the flood gates opening in the Senate and bills could start passing. Well I am not sure if it was actually the pressure of being so unproductive or if everyone just got plain tired of fighting but the log jam of bills has now been broken. Like a dam holding back a lot of water, now that the wall is down a flood of legislative activity is likely to occur tomorrow and next Thursday, the final two days of the session.
I am always a bit of early worker during the session so I like to have my bills passed out of the House early where they usually sit for a while until something happens or not happens. The bad thing about that is you work like the devil to get your bills out of the House early only to have them sometimes sit in the Senate the rest of the session without any action being taken on them. That is very frustrating beyond comprehension. The good news with passing your bills that way is that if the Senate does get past whatever battle is going on then your bills are in a great position for passage if you have all the kinks worked out with it.
Of course with the dam broken and bills being passed left and right another interesting twist comes into play– sometimes you can actually pass TOO MUCH. Often as we get toward the end of the session in the House bills get passed that may not be that good but not a whole lot of effort is put into killing them because “of course it won’t make it through the Senate.” Well now anything is possible and over the next couple of days I imagine lobbyists in Montgomery will be working over time to pass and kill various measures in the Senate.
Without a doubt over the next couple of days there will be some big winners as a result of this session and some big losers. Almost every issue is on the table and has a chance.