District 11 Rep. Randall Shedd recently released a list of subjects he refers to as his legislative goals for 2020, along with an invitation to constituents to communicate constructively with him on them.
The list represents subjects of interest that are targets of discussion and possible action. Following is the list, along with dates (like meetings) that bear some relation to them. The first is a teaser to stimulate interest. Worked for this reader – who tried to find out – but Shedd played it close to the vest, so now it’s like interested on steroids. It will be revealed when it’s time, Shedd said. The remainder are mostly self-explanatory.
1. The most important agency in the state! (Jan. 27, 2020)
2. A safer Alabama (Jan. 20, 2020)
3. Continue to improve rural Alabama (Jan. 13, 2020)
4. Continue broadband expansion (Jan. 6, 2020)
5. Better-paying jobs and continued economic growth (Dec. 30, 2019)
6. Mental health and substance abuse (Dec. 23, 2019)
7. Education: How do we get to number one? (Dec. 16, 2019)
8. Local legislation (Dec. 9, 2019)
9. Road and bridge projects (Dec. 2, 2019)
10. Senior citizens: thank you! (Nov. 25, 2019)
11. Better customer service by state agencies (Nov. 18, 2019)
12. Prisons and criminal justice system (Nov. 12, 2019)
13. Protect Retirement System of Alabama (RSA) from privatization and hostile takeover (Nov. 4, 2019)
14. Day-before-session update to respond to legislative issues being discussed leading up to the session (Feb. 2, 2020)
Shedd said he will post an update on the topics and schedule each Monday on social media.
“I welcome and encourage input from the people I represent,” Shedd added. “Let me say this: I’m looking for ways to improve my district and the state. I’m beyond political correctness, so if we disagree, let’s agree to disagree. That’s OK.
“For those who have solutions and ideas and seek positive discussions, even if we disagree, I welcome that, and this is your chance to have a say in what goes on in the Legislature.
“For those who just want to politicize the issue and the moment, I’ll be honest with you: I’m not going to get into a back and forth ‘Yah, Yah’ with you.”
Shedd can be reached at 256-531- 6641 or email email@example.com.