Humble and Kind

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Country music has a way of speaking to all of us. Tim McGraw’s recording of Humble and Kind, written by Lori McKenna, tells a story that we all need to remember. The advice in the lyrics are sage and are things that need to be taken to heart. Perhaps the Chorus (found below) summarizes that advice as well as can be said:

Hold the door say please say thank you
Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie
I know you got moutains to climb but
Always stay humble and kind
When the dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride but
Always stay humble and kind

Dealing with the Alabama Legislature often it is difficult to remember these words as the pressures of the process work on the patience of even the most levelheaded. It has been said that it is hard to guarantee that a Resolution commending motherhood will pass without some dissent. This past week there was an effort in the House to suspend the Rules of the House to allow the House Judiciary Committee to meet while the House was in Session. Motions such as this one are routinely approved without debate or controversy. In fact, in my 24 years working with the Alabama Legislature I cannot remember a similar motion ever failing. For the most part there is no advance notice that a motion to suspend the Rules will be coming. In this particular instance House Judiciary Chairman Jim Hill had posted notice of his intention on the Friday before the motion was made on Tuesday. The reason for suspending the Rules to meet rather than meeting before the House convened was to accommodate Members of the House Black Caucus as many were attending the funeral of fellow House Member George Bandy.

Once the motion was made Members of the House Black Caucus immediately started to filibuster the motion and question the motives behind the effort. The Judiciary Committee wanted to debate and report out SB 17, dealing with time sensitive revisions to the authorizing legislation for the Alabama Family Trust. As a result of the efforts of the House Black Caucus the legislation was delayed for five days. When the underlying legislation (HB 30) was debated on Thursday it passed the House 89-0 and it is expected that SB 17 will receive a similar vote on Tuesday, January 30.

Prior to this dust up the 2018 Regular Session had been controversy free and congenial. After heartfelt discussion the House Black Caucus understood that there was no evil or ill intention and on Thursday a family atmosphere was restored.

It can only be hoped that as the 2018 Regular Session moves forward that the spirit of cooperation remains and that 2018 will go down as one of the most productive Session in recent memory.

The Alabama House will convene the 2018 Regular Session at 1:00pm on Tuesday, January 30, 2018

 The Alabama Senate will convene the 2018 Regular Session at 2:00pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018



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