Republicans choose new leadership, mull special session

File Image: Alabama Statehouse
File Image: Alabama Statehouse

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Republican Gov.-elect Robert Bentley says it's fine with him if Gov. Bob Riley wants to call a special session of the new Alabama Legislature to consider government ethics and campaign finance measures.

Riley is considering calling a special session of the new Republican-controlled House and Senate before the change in administrations in January, when Bentley becomes governor. Bentley told newly elected Republican senators Thursday that he will help lead the push for the legislation if Riley does call a special session.

Bentley had campaigned on having a special session, within the regular session in the spring, to put restraints on lobbyists and to let voters know where campaign funds originate.


Alabama's 22 Republican senators met privately in Montgomery Thursday to decide on their leadership. The newly elected majority in the Alabama Senate picked state Sen. Del Marsh of Anniston to be president pro tem, the most powerful post in the Senate.

Republicans in the new House chose state Rep. Mike Hubbard of Auburn to be House speaker. The House Republicans were unanimous in picking Hubbard, who was recommended by Republican Gov.-elect Robert Bentley. State Sen. Jabo Waggoner of Vestavia Hills will be majority leader.

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