Lawmakers meet to start 2015 Alabama Legislative session
NORTH ALABAMA (WAFF) - Tuesday marks the unofficial start of the 2015 Alabama Legislative session.
This isn't the beginning of a legislative session exactly. You can think of it as more of a planning day teachers have before school starts.
So, lawmakers will meet with new colleagues, and look ahead to the session coming up in March.
House members say they expect to re-elect Republican Mike Hubbard for another four-year term as speaker, even though he has been indicted on ethics charges.
Senate members say they expect to re-elect Republican Del Marsh as president pro-tempore.
Legislative leaders say the chairman-ships of major committees will remain largely the same because so many legislators got re-elected in November.
There were a few notable exceptions here in north Alabama.
Madison and Jackson County senator Shadrack McGill is gone. Republican Steve Livingston replaced him.
In the Shoals, senator Tammy Irons didn't seek another term. Instead, Republican Tim Melson takes over.
The organizational session should wrap up by Wednesday.
The regular session begins March 3, and you can count on WAFF 48 and the Raycom News Network to be there every day, letting you know what's going on.
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