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Question:   WHERE IS THE ALABAMA STATE HOUSE LOCATED?

Answer:   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.


Question:   WHAT ABOUT LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS?

Answer:   The 2018 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature convenes on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 and ends on Monday, April 23, 2018. 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 13, 2015 and ended on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. The next organizational session of the Alabama Legislature will convene in 2019.

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.


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

Answer:   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.


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

Answer:   HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Currently, the Alabama House of Representatives has 32 standing committees to which introduced House bills are assigned. Of those 32 committees, 9 are local legislative delegations – Baldwin County, Jefferson County, Lee County, Limestone County, Madison County, Mobile County, Montgomery County, Shelby County and Tuscaloosa County. Most, if not all, education-related bills will be assigned to "education specific" committees - the House Ways and Means Education Committee and the House Education Policy Committee.

ALABAMA SENATE Currently, the Alabama Senate has 21 standing committees to which introduced Senate bills are assigned. Of those 21 committees, 4 are local legislative delegations – Jefferson County, Madison County, Mobile County, and Shelby County. As in the House, most, if not all, education-related bills will be assigned to "education specific" committees in the Senate as well - the Senate Finance & Taxation Education Committee and the Senate Education and Youth Affairs Committee.


Question:   WHO ARE THE CURRENT MEMBERS OF THESE COMMITTEES?

Answer:   During the Organizational Session, the following members were appointed:

HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Rep. Bill Poole, Chair
Rep. Steve McMillan, Vice Chair
Rep. James Buskey, Ranking Minority Member
Rep. Alan Baker
Rep. Donnie Chesteen
Rep. Terri Collins
Rep. Corley Ellis
Rep. Craig Ford
Rep. Danny Garrett
Rep. Joe Lovvhorn
Rep. John Rogers
Rep. Rod Scott
Rep. Patricia Todd
Rep. Mark Tuggle
Rep. Phil Williams

HOUSE EDUCATION POLICY COMMITTEE
Rep. Terri Collins, Chair
Rep. Phil Williams, Vice Chair
Rep. Rod Scott, Ranking Minority Member
Rep. Mack Butler
Rep. Anthony Daniels
Rep. Barbara Drummond
Rep. Bob Fincher
Rep. Danny Garrett
Rep. Ed Henry
Rep. Barry Moore
Rep. Patricia Todd
Rep. Isaac Whorton

SENATE FINANCE AND TAXATION EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Sen. Arthur Orr, Chair
Sen. Rusty Glover, Vice Chair
Sen. Gerald Allen
Sen. Slade Blackwell
Sen. Paul Bussman
Sen. Gerald Dial
Sen. Vivian Figures
Sen. Jimmy Holley
Sen. Jim McClendon
Sen. Trip Pittman
Sen. Quinton Ross
Sen. Hank Sanders
Sen. Harri Anne Smith
Sen. Rodger Smitherman
Sen. Jabo Waggoner
Sen. Tom Whatley

SENATE EDUCATION AND YOUTH AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Sen. Dick Brewbaker, Chair
Sen. Quinton Ross, Vice Chair
Sen. Paul Bussman
Sen. Vivian Figures
Sen. Del Marsh
Sen. Jim McClendon
Sen. Trip Pittman
Sen. Hank Sanders
Sen. Shay Shelnutt


Question:   WHERE DO THESE COMMITTEES MEET?

Answer:   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 200 in the Alabama State House and the House Education Policy Committee usually meets in Room 428. The Senate Finance and Taxation Education Fund Committee and the Senate Education and Youth Affairs Committee usually meet in Room 727 in the Alabama State House.


Question:   WHAT IF I NEED SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMATION?

Answer:   If you would like to find out more information about the Alabama Legislature, click here.