By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
The Speaker of the Alabama House Mike Hubbard (R) from Auburn on Thursday announced a slate of new vice chairman and other committee appointments for the 2014 Regular Legislative Session.
Speaker Hubbard said, “I am confident that this group of legislators will continue our successful efforts to fundamentally change how Montgomery operates. Our work over the past three years has placed Alabama firmly on the road to reform and this year will be no different. Each of these individuals is uniquely qualified to fill these roles and I look forward to working with each of them as we continue to move Alabama forward.”
Speaker Hubbard announced that:
Rep. Mike Ball (R) from Madison has been named the Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Internal Affairs.
Rep. Dickie Drake (R) from Leeds will be the new Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Military and Veteran Affairs.
Rep. Jack Williams (R) from Vestavia Hills will be the Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services.
And finally, Rep. Greg Wren (R) from Montgomery has been made the Vice Chairman of the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee.
Speaker Hubbard has also announced key appointments to other important House Committees:
Rep. David Sessions (R) from Grand Bay will join the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee.
Rep. Randall Shed (R) from Cullman will join both the House County and Municipal Government Committee and the House Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure Committee.
The House Economic Development and Tourism Committee will be joined by Rep. Kurt Wallace (R) from Maplesville.
Representative Terri Collins (R) from Decatur will join the House Education Policy Committee.
Rep. April Weaver (R) from Brierfield will join the House Internal Affairs Committee.
Rep. David Standridge (R) from Hayden is joining the House Judiciary Committee.
Rep. David Standridge (R) from Hayden.
The House Ways and Means Education Committee will be joined by Rep. Mac Buttram (R) from Cullman and Rep. Donnie Chesteen (R) from Geneva.
Rep. Paul Lee will join the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee.
These appointments will be in effect for the 2014 regular legislative session, which begins on January 14, 2014.
Previously, Speaker Hubbard had announced that,
Rep. Steve Clouse (R) from Ozark would be the new Chairman of the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee.
Rep. Alan Harper (R) from Northport will be the new Chairman of the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee.
Rep. Bill Poole (R) from Tuscaloosa will be the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Education Committee.
Rep. Lesley Vance (R) from Phenix City will Chair the House Financial Services Committee.
The House has been shaken up since the last session by the early departures of Representatives Jay Love, Jim Barton, and Barry Mask. The early start of the session and expected early close date for the session will allow legislators to spend more time out in their districts campaigning for re-election. A short session also means that legislators can raise money prior to the June Primary.
Alabama’s campaign finance rules do not allow legislators to raise money while the legislature is in session.