The Alabama Senate tonight approved a bill to consolidate legislative operations under a newly configured Legislative Council. The bill, by Sen. Jimmy Holley, R-Elba, would abolish several boards and move their power under the Legislative Council.
The bill would change the council membership. It would go from 31 members to 20 members, 10 each from the House and Senate.
Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said under the change, the minority party would have proportionally more members on the council than before.
My opinion: I agree that consolidating like this will allow for the passage of more bills, but it is quite obvious this is being done to streamline the voting process for the Republican majority. Before this bill, several different boards had legislative power over different projects in Alabama. I believe the Republicans found it difficult to coordinate their efforts under this structure due to the time involved in informing each other on how to vote on incoming bills from all the different boards. More bills will get passed because the information flow required to coordinate within the party is now perfectly aligned with the legislative structure.