This post is broken into two parts: the Committee Meeting and the Public Hearing. The House Ways and Means education Committee was given an opportunity to ask questions of the bill’s sponsor, Representative Phil Williams. Chairman Jay Love reminded committee members that they were on a “tight time schedule” throughout the question and answer session. A joint meeting of both bodies of the legislature (House and Senate) had been called for 11:00 a.m.
During the public hearing, ten persons spoke in favor of the bill, while eight spoke against the bill. The eight that spoke against the bill had specific reasons for speaking against the bill which will be shared in my notes below.
So I got to the meeting right at 9:00 a.m. and ended up in the overflow room, where you can hear, but not see, participants. No problem (until the band waiting to greet Octavia Spencer started warming up outside…). Any clarifications that I add will be contained in brackets [ ]. Continue reading