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Editorial: 1938: Germany and SB122 have a lot in common

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Mike Hubbard, Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives, and Del Marsh, the President Pro Tem of the Senate, are attempting the biggest power grab in Alabama history.

SB122, is an audacious takeover of the checks and balances in state government. It is designed with a single purpose to place almost total control within the hands of the Hubbard and Marsh. Under SB122, a select group of lawmaker will form a junta appointed by the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tem of the Senate to control every aspect of the State Legislature. The Speaker, President Pro Tem and the Lt. Governor’s Offices will be exempt from the rules. According to SB122 there will be no oversight of salaries, budgets, accounting or purchase made by the Speaker’s Office, the Pro Temp’s or the Lt. Governor’s. Is there a single good reason that these three offices should run without oversight or accountability?

Many republican senators have expressed in private their reservation about SB122 but threats coming from Mike Hubbard and his confederates have made it clear that voting against SB122 will come with a price. The Speaker spanks, even in the Senate.

A complex bill at 102 pages is a power grab of unprecedented proportions. This is not streamlining government it is unifying power for a few at the cost of the many.

Just as the Nazis slowly took control in 1938, Hubbard and Marsh are taking over Alabama one law at a time.

The House debates SB122 right now. The citizen’s of Alabama have no idea the destruction that is going on as the sit down to dinner.

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Bill Britt is editor-in-chief at the Alabama Political Reporter and host of The Voice of Alabama Politics. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.


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