Friday, January 28, 2011

2011 General Session: Day 5

I can honestly say that this week has been the most rewarding, the most educational, and the most exhausting week I have had in a very long time.  The routine consists of a 5am wake-up, a 45 minute drive to the Capitol, meetings starting at 7am and then things "winding down" around 6pm with another 45 minute commute home.

The week consisted of 10,000 new facts, 1000 opinions, 500 disagreements, 250 decisions, 125 new relationships, 50 invitations to events, and 10 missed meals.

 Today was special because I had my first speaking opportunity on the House Floor.  HB 45 came up for a vote on the floor and I had to introduce it to the House of Representatives and explain it.

(you will need RealPlayer to view - free download)

My introduction was convoluted by the fact that a typo was discovered just a few minutes before the presentation (somehow it was overlooked by our attorney staffers).  I did not have enough time to prepare a written amendment and therefore I was left with a verbal correction.  The situation was also complicated by the fact that the Speaker who controls the flow of the presentation was absent and had a substitute sitting in for her.  The substitute "Pro Tem" Speaker was as surprised by my verbal amendment as much as I was by having to offer it.  This awkward process got me a bit flustered and the rest of my presentation was not as polished as it could have been.  Nevertheless, the legislation passed 60-8. 

Next up are my HB 48 and HB 63 in committee meetings and floor votes next week.

Stay tuned for an exciting Tuesday announcement as well...

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