Nine days into the 40-day legislative session and just 195 bills have been introduced in the House of Representatives and just 91 in the Senate of the estimated 1,500 that eventually will be introduced. As a result, most committees have nothing to do one-quarter into the session.
However, the appropriations committees have been busy.
"I think we are close to dealing with the supplemental budget," said House Majority Leader Larry O'Neal, R-Bonaire. "I suspect that we will have our (appropriations) subcommittees reporting in Monday or Tuesday."
That would mean the full House Appropriations Committee would vote on the supplemental budget Wednesday with a floor vote by Friday.
Senate appropriations subcommittees already will be hearing from agency heads even before the House votes.
Two other headline bills are also moving quickly toward a vote by the full House, those dealing with a gift ban and lobbyist registration sponsored by House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge.
"I suspect it will be some more public hearings and a good bit of refinement and on the floor by the end of the week," O'Neal said.
In the middle of the week, the House and Senate meet in joint session to hear the State of the Judiciary Address from Supreme Court Chief Justice Carol Hunstein.
Wednesday and Thursday afternoons will be punctuated by the election of five members to the State Transportation Board. Legislators from the House and Senate who represent any part of the congressional districts 1, 2, 5, 6 and 13 will meet in the Senate chamber to vote by secret ballot. All together, half of the board will be up for election this year, creating the opportunity for a significant change in the board's makeup and direction.
Former Rep. Ann Purcell, R-Rincon, did a little campaigning last week when addressing members of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce, even though the voting will all be done by legislators.
"I want to be your voice on the DOT board," she said.
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