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?
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 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 HEALTH-RELATED PIECES OF LEGISLATION GET ASSIGNED?
HOUSE HEALTH COMMITEE
Rep. Paul Lee, Chairperson
Rep. Ron Johnson, Vice Chairperson
Rep. Laura Hall, Ranking Minority Member
Rep. Matt Fridy
Rep. Jeremy Gray
Rep. Craig Lipscomb
Rep. Joe Lovvorn
Rep. Rhett Marques
Rep. Becky Nordgren
Rep. Ed Oliver
Rep. Neil Rafferty
Rep. Chris Sells
Rep. Pebblin Warren
For more information on the Health Committee visit the Alabama House of Representatives website.
SENATE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE
Sen. Jim McClendon, Chairperson
Sen. Larry Stutts, Vice Chairperson
Sen. Linda Cloeman-Madison, Ranking Minority Member
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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