Legislative session nearly non-stop activity

Tuesday, April 9, was a significant deadline for House bills.

Yes, some of my bills I have sponsored are alive while others are not.

Due to this impending deadline, the past two weeks have been the busiest of the session, making it very difficult to do anything outside of the capitol.
I’m going to endeavor to give you an idea of what my schedule looks like during the session.

I am not whining or complaining. I simply want to give you an idea of what a week during session looks like.

Right now, floor session is not scheduled for Fridays and there are very few committee meetings on Fridays. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that the day is filled with workgroup meetings, district meetings, or catching up with all the things I didn’t get done earlier in the week.

This session, I’m serving on eight committees, six of which meet regularly every week.

Natural Resources meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings beginning at 8 a.m.

Judiciary meets four days a week at 1 p.m.

The House Committee on Rules meets two days a week at 3 p.m.

Capitol Culture is an evening meeting that occurs every Wednesday, wrapping up usually at 7 p.m., but has been known to go until 8:30 p.m.

Joint Committee on Student Success meets two evenings a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. JCSS also normally finishes at 7 p.m, but last week (as I write this), was scheduled to run until 8 p.m.

Every Monday through Thursday there is a one-hour caucus meeting and at least an hour floor session.

I am vice-chair on two committees. Serving as vice-chair on a committee means there is an extra weekly meeting for that committee, often meeting during the lunch hour.

I am honored to be a member of leadership; we also have a weekly meeting during lunch.

Add in constituent meetings and meetings regarding particular bills and my day is quite full.

My staff does an amazing job handling all the calls and thousands of emails weekly. They do their best to sort through all the information, compiling it and getting me the information that I need.
I hope this has provided a window into a typical week for me during session.