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Legislative FAQs


WHERE IS THE ALABAMA STATE HOUSE LOCATED?

The Alabama State House is located at 11 South Union Street in Montgomery. The House of Representatives chamber is on the 5th floor and the public viewing gallery for the House is located on the 6th floor. The Alabama Senate chamber is on the 7th floor and the public viewing gallery for the Senate is located on the 8th floor.

WHAT ABOUT LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS?

The 2014 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature convenes on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 and ends on Monday, April 28, 2014. A regular session consists of 30 legislative (meeting) days, within a 105-calendar day framework. During the weeks the Alabama Legislature is convened, legislative days ("in-session") are usually Tuesdays and Thursdays and committee meetings are typically scheduled for Wednesdays. However, during the course of any given legislative session the legislative days and committee meeting days can and may change.

Every four years (quadrennium), the members of the House and Senate must reorganize the Legislature, i.e. elect officers, adopt rules of procedure, appoint committees, etc. This reorganization is referred to as an organizational session. The most recent Organizational Session of the Alabama Legislature convened on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 and ended on Tuesday, January 18, 2011. The next organizational session of the Alabama Legislature will convene in 2015.

The Governor can call a Special Session of the Alabama Legislature at any time. A special session can last no longer than 12 legislative (meeting) days, within a 30-calendar day period.

WHO CAN I CALL TO FIND OUT WHAT TIME THE LEGISLATURE MEETS DURING A SESSION?

To find out the times the House and Senate will convene on any given legislative day during the session, you can reach the House of Representatives at (334) 242-7600 and the Alabama Senate at (334) 242-7800.

WHAT COMMITTEES DO MOST EDUCATION-RELATED PIECES OF LEGISLATION GET ASSIGNED?

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Currently, the Alabama House of Representatives has 31 standing committees to which introduced House bills are assigned. Most, if not all, education-related bills will be assigned to "education specific" committees such as the House Ways and Means Education Committee and the House Education Policy Committee.

ALABAMA SENATE Currently, the Alabama Senate has 24 standing committees to which introduced Senate bills are assigned. As in the House, most, if not all, education-related bills will be assigned to "education specific" committees in the Senate as well such as the Senate Finance & Taxation Education Fund Committee and the Senate Education Committee.

WHO ARE THE CURRENT MEMBERS OF THESE COMMITTEES?

During the Organizational Session, the following members were appointed:

HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Rep. Bill Poole, Chair
Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, Vice Chair
Rep. James Buskey, Ranking Minority Member
Rep. Mac Buttram
Rep. Donnie Chesteen
Rep. Terri Collins
Rep. Craig Ford
Rep. Jamie Ison
Rep. Steve McMillan
Rep. John Rogers
Rep. Rod Scott
Rep. Patricia Todd
Rep. Mark Tuggle
Rep. Phil Williams

SUBCOMMITTEE - K-12 Appropriations
Rep. Steve McMillan, Chair
Rep. Mark Tuggle
Rep. Phil Williams
Rep. James Buskey
Rep. Patricia Todd

SUBCOMMITTEE - Taxes, Exemptions/Benefits
Rep. Alan Boothe, Chair
Rep. Terri Collins
Rep. Craig Ford
Rep. Jamie Ison
Rep. Rod Scott

SUBCOMMITTEE - Higher Ed Applications
Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, Chair
Rep. Mac Buttram
Rep. Donnie Chesteen
Rep. John Rogers
Rep. Jamie Ison

HOUSE EDUCATION POLICY COMMITTEE
Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, Chair
Rep. Phil Williams, Vice Chair
Rep. Marcel Black, Ranking Minority Member
Rep. Elaine Beech
Rep. Mac Buttram
Rep. Ed Henry
Rep. Thomas Jackson
Rep. Joseph Mitchell
Rep. Kerry Rich
Rep. Terri Collins
Rep. Lesley Vance

SUBCOMMITTEE - K-12
Rep. Lesley Vance, Chair
Rep. Elaine Beech
Rep. Mac Buttram
Rep. Ed Henry
Rep. Thomas Jackson
Rep. Terri Collins
Rep. Phil Williams

SUBCOMMITTEE - Higher Education
Rep. Phil Williams, Chair
Rep. Marcel Black
Rep. Ed Henry
Rep. Joseph Mitchell
Rep. Kerry Rich
Rep. Terri Collins
Rep. Lesley Vance

SENATE FINANCE AND TAXATION EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Sen. Trip Pittman, Chair
Sen. Gerald Dial, Vice Chair
Sen. Gerald Allen
Sen. Scott Beason
Sen. Roger Bedford
Sen. Slade Blackwell
Sen. Vivian Figures
Sen. Arthur Orr
Sen. Hank Sanders
Sen. Rodger Smitherman
Sen. Jabo Waggoner
Sen. Tom Whatley
Sen. Bryan Taylor

SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Sen. Dick Brewbaker, Chair
Sen. Quinton Ross, Vice Chair
Sen. Gerald Allen
Sen. Slade Blackwell
Sen. Bill Holtzclaw
Sen. Shadrack McGill
Sen. Trip Pittman
Sen. Hank Sanders

WHERE DO COMMITTEES MEET?

Committee meetings are open to the general public and are typically held on Wednesdays during the course of a Regular Session. The House Ways and Means Education Committee usually meets in Room 617 in the Alabama State House and the House Education Policy Committee usually meets in Room 418. The Senate Finance and Taxation Education Fund Committee and the Senate Education Committee usually meet in Room 727 in the Alabama State House.

WHAT IF I NEED SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMATION?

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