Marsh, McCutcheon re-elected as legislative leaders
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama legislators on Tuesday re-elected Rep. Mac McCutcheon as speaker of the House of Representatives and Sen. Del Marsh as Senate president pro tempore.
Marsh, a Republican from Anniston, is the longtime leader of the Alabama Senate and has served in the role since Republicans gained control of that chamber in 2010. McCutcheon, a Republican from Monrovia, will continue in the role he took on last term after then-speaker Mike Hubbard was convicted on ethics charges.
Alabama lawmakers elected leaders as their first order of business in an organizational session for the four-year term. Lawmakers will return to Montgomery on March 5 to begin a legislative session where a gas tax increase is expected to be one of the dominant issues.
Representatives voted 98-1 to re-elect McCutcheon. Senators voted 32-0 for Marsh.
In his remarks after being elected, McCutcheon gave a nod to looming issues of the regular session, including a possible gas tax increase.
McCutcheon said his goal is “building a better Alabama” which he said includes improving the economy, schools, ethics laws and infrastructure.
“Our sister Southeastern states have already taken action to address their transportation needs, and we will quickly fall behind them if we do not act now,” McCutcheon said
The bill must originate in the House of Representatives.
Marsh said the legislation is one of the priorities for Gov. Kay Ivey in the upcoming regular session.
“I think what she wants a reasonable increase in a fuel tax. As you know, we haven’t had an increase since ’92. It’s been 26 years,” Marsh said.