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Alabama 2021 Legislative Report: Previewing the session

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
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Date: Jan 21 2021 3:20 PM

The Alabama Legislature will begin its annual Regular Session on Tuesday, Feb. 2. The annual Session is limited by law to 30 session days within a 105 calendar day period so the Session must conclude by May 17, 2021. Generally, the Legislature meets in Session on Tuesday and Thursday of each week with Wednesday as the major day for committee meetings.

This Session portends to be challenging and different because of the virus. The Alabama State House presents challenges to handling a large group of legislators, the public and lobbyists. The Senate and the House have both instituted virus protection programs that are still being developed as this note is prepared. Members and visitors to the State House will have their temperature taken upon arrival. Additionally, the Senate will require a temperature check for anyone coming to the Senate floor for a meeting with a member of the Senate.

The House will spread out the 105 members, with some on the House floor, others in the balcony and in overflow rooms on the 6th floor which are generally utilized by the public, lobbyists and staff. House members are being provided iPads so that they may vote from their remote locations in the balcony or overflow rooms without coming to the House floor.


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