Speaker Matthew Shepherd secured another session in his leadership role despite some very interesting antics from his opposition. In the end, Shepherd's opponent, Representative Austin McCollum withdrew from the race prior to the vote.
The fiscal session came to a close without any legislation impacting the industry.
Candidate filings are complete and fundraising efforts have definitely shifted to full speed ahead. There are many incumbent members with their elections now being decided in the primary.
State Chamber candidate forums have been underway since Monday, February 28th. Candidates for the House and Senate are given a 15 minute opportunity to speak to Chambers members. These are scheduled for twice per week. If there are any NAIFA members that would like to attend I would be welcome to arrange.