There are a lot of issues to debate before we begin the final days of this session. In fact, I am quite certain there will be some comments on this post debating many of them. Before we get into the last seven day of the session I wanted to bring up a topic that [...]
While the legislature is out for the next two weeks the Joint Legislative Committee on Reapportionment will be working on the upcoming plan to redraw Alabama’s Congressional and State Board of Education lines. The Committee will conduct public hearings throughout the state to receive input from interested citizens and citizen groups on issues relating [...]
The session starts up today at 2:00 pm in the Senate. The recent disasters and recovery efforts across the state make the work in Montgomery really just a footnote. Still there are a number of items left to be debated. Both budgets have yet to be sent to the Governor and many issues such [...]
This post usually recaps all the work we did the past week in the Legislature. While the Senate did pull an all night session from sunset to sunrise on Tuesday evening, everything was overshadowed by the terrible storms that ravaged our state. The Senate was scheduled to debate the Education Budget on Thursday but [...]
Thank you to Sen. Marsh, Sen. Beason and other members of the Senate Rules Committee for publishing the proposed Special Order Calendar in advance. This is certainly a nice change from years past. Below is what looks like a relatively non-controversial special order for our first day back this week.
Senator Taylor: SB336 Children’s [...]
There was a little confusion this past week over the meeting calendar for the rest of the legislative session. Depending on who you asked and what day you asked there were wildly varying meeting schedules proposed. By law we cannot meet any later than June 13th so there was no question we were not [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The 2011 Regular Legislative Session has gotten off to a fast start this year, and I expect that pace to continue when we return to Montgomery on Tuesday. As someone who has served in the House, I can honestly say that the Senate will never pass legislation as quickly and in the volume that [...]