The Alabama Legislature’s 2017 regular session begins on Tuesday, Feb. 7 – and it should be a doozy. The state budget is in a shambles and legislators are at odds over how to fix it. So, unable to provide the state with adequate “bread,” they’ll likely prefer to distract voters with “circuses.”
It’s already begun: Senator Phil Williams (SD-10) pre-filed the first bill of the session last year. It’s a North Carolina-style “bathroom bill” that has the added twist of requiring “paid attendants.” This is the same bill he couldn’t get passed last year, but he has no problem with the legislature wasting time with it again.
LOL.. who said the GOP doesn’t have a jobs program?
What can voters do? A LOT.
- Start contacting your senators and representatives now to tell them you want the legislature to do it’s primary job – pass realistic state budgets and quit with the bathroom-type nonsense.
- Set up meetings to lobby them when they’re at home.
- Travel to Montgomery to pressure them there.
- Speak at public hearings.
- Write letters and call legislators.
But, most importantly, understand how the Alabama Legislature works. How is it even possible that a bill introduced on Monday sails through committee with no public hearing, passes the House & Senate, and is signed into law on Wednesday?
From the event Facebook Page:
Date: January 16, 2017
Location: Oakwood University Campus – McKee Building, 7000 Adventist Blvd. Huntsville, AL 35896
- State Representative Anthony Daniels, (D-53)
- JoAnn Cummings, Democratic Activist and long time observer of the Legislature
- Michael Taylor, Political Science student at Oakwood University and student leader
- Joe Ward, long time education activist and current president of the AEA (Retired).
- The moderator will be Assistant Professor of Political Science, Preston Foster.
This event is free and open to the public. Questions from the audience are welcomed and part of the program. The media is invited to attend.
Madison County Democratic Women is a membership organization of women and men in North Alabama who support the principles of the Democratic Party. Get more information at Madison County Democratic Women Web site
Contact: Pam Miles firstname.lastname@example.org
Knowledge is power in politics. You can’t win the game if you don’t know the rules.