"As a freshman state representative, I took the oath that I would serve my community to the best of my ability," said Rep. Mahan, "and that included making sure I was present for every vote. Every vote affects our community in one way or another, so it was important I be present to represent our district.
"Session can, however, be hectic at times. You are meeting with staff and other legislators; you are preparing for floor debates; and taking phone calls from constituents, all during session. So I look at my perfect voting record as a huge accomplishment. Representing the needs and wants of my district is not something I take lightly."
Committee hearings, constituent and legislative meetings are sometimes scheduled during the time the House chamber is scheduled to be in session-making it difficult for members to be present.
In addition, members will often step off the House floor to have the opportunity to meet with constituents or community leaders to further discuss important issues facing their local area.
When voting on the House floor, members will vote to adopt committee reports, amendments, bills and other various motions. Legislation addressed this session included economic development, education reform, illegal immigration and the state budget.