After several contentious, unpredictable legislative sessions, state Sen. Wendell Mitchell has a plan that he believes will lead to a smoother, more predictable Senate when lawmakers return to Montgomery in February.
Eight top Democratic senators will serve on a panel that will talk to lobbyists, interest groups, and public officials before the session to gauge which bills are their top priorities and which ones they have concerns about.
"Among the (Democratic) caucus, I sense a zeal to have a productive session," Mitchell said.
Sen. Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe, who is chairman of the committee that decides which bills come to the floor for debate, has agreed to put some of those priorities at the front of the line when senators start debating legislation."I think it's real important in this particular economic situation," Barron said. "We need to focus on those things that will help us budget-wise as well as help ...