The Alabama Legislature met in its organizational session on January 11th to elect its officers, appoint committees and do other work required by law. The Alabama House of Representatives voted without a dissenting vote to elect Rep. Mike Hubbard of Auburn to be Speaker of the House. Mike, the first Republican Speaker of the House in more than 100 years, was the only nominee for the position. Mike says he will be fair in all his dealings with members of the House and will work with all members. He pledges to make sure that everything is done in an above-board and honest way. Committees were appointed on January 12th.
The State Senate voted 29-0 to elect Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, to the important position of Senate President Pro-Tem. Del has served in the Senate since 1998 and is well-respected by his peers. There are now 22 Republicans, 12 Democrats and one Independent in the Senate. The position of Senate President Pro-Tem is very important. Del had a huge role in assigning senators committees and will help direct traffic in the Senate for the full term. The ability of the President Pro-Tem, together with the Lieutenant Governor, to assign bills to committees is also very important. Deciding which committee will review each bill is a most significant role.
Source: Birmingham News
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