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 2019 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature will convene on March 5, 2019. The Legislature convenes in regular annual sessions on the first Tuesday in February, except (1) in the first year of the four-year term, when the session will begin on the first Tuesday in March, and (2) in the last year of a four-year term, when the session will begin on the second Tuesday in January. The length of the regular session is limited to 30 meeting days within a period of 105 calendar days. There are usually two meeting or “legislative” days per week, with other days devoted to committee meetings. Special sessions of the Legislature may be called by the Governor, with the Proclamation listing the subjects which the Governor wishes considered. These sessions are limited to 12 legislative days within a 30 calendar day span. In a regular session, bills may be enacted on any subject. In a special session, legislation must be enacted only on those subjects which the Governor announces in his proclamation or “call.” Anything not in the “call” requires a two-thirds vote of each house to be enacted
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 next organizational session of the Alabama Legislature will convene on Jan. 8, 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.
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) 261-0500 and the Alabama Senate at (334) 261-0800.
WHAT COMMITTEES DO MOST HEALTH-RELATED PIECES OF LEGISLATION GET ASSIGNED?
HOUSE HEALTH COMMITEE
Rep. April Weaver (R-District 49), Chairperson
Rep. Mike Millican (R-District 17), Vice Chairperson
Rep. John Knight (D-District 77), Ranking Minority Member
Rep. Elaine Beech (D-District 65)
Rep. Danny Crawford (R-District 5)
Rep. Matt Fridy (R-District 73)
Rep. Laura Hall (D-District 19)
Rep. Ron Johnson (R-District 33)
Rep. Paul W. Lee (R-District 86)
Rep. Arnold Mooney (R-District 43)
Rep. Becky Nordgren (R-District 29)
Rep. Jim Patterson (R-District 21)
Rep. Pebblin Warren (D-District 82)
Rep. Jack Williams (R-District 102)
For more information on the Health Committee visit the Alabama House of Representatives website.
SENATE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE
Sen. Jim McClendon (R-District 11), Chairperson
Sen. Greg Reed (R-District 5)
Sen. William Beasley (D-District 28)
Sen. Slade Blackwell (R-District 15)
Sen. Paul Bussman (R-District 4)
Sen. Linda Coleman (D-District 20)
Sen. Tim Melson (R-District 1)
Sen. Harri Anne Smith (I-District 29)
Sen. Larry Stutts (R-District 6)
Sen. Jabo Waggoner (R-District 16)
Sen. Cam Ward (R-District 14)
Sen. Tom Whatley (R-District 27)
For more information on members of the Health and Human Services Committee visit the Alabama State Senate website.
WHAT IF I NEED SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMATION?
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