MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Day two of the Alabama legislature's Organization Session for the next quadrennium saw all state lawmakers be assigned which committees they will sit on.
"I tried to make it as fair as possible. Tried to be more fair to the Democrats than they were to us when we were in the minority" said Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, (R - Auburn).
With the 2012 fiscal year looking to be another difficult one, much of the focus was on who would chair the General Fund and Education Trust Fund Budget Committees in both the House and the Senate.
Rep. Jay Love, (R - Montgomery), will chair the House Education Trust Fund Committee. It is his first time chairing any committee as a member of the legislature.
"We definitely have some challenges ahead of us" Love said. "We're going to do the best we can to reform government policy, at least on the education side."
Rep. Jim Barton, (R - Mobile) will chair the General Fund Budget Committee.
Rep. Paul DeMarco (R - Homewood) will chair the House Judiciary Committee.
"It's a committee I've served on before. I'm excited to serve in a leadership role on it" said DeMarco. "It's a committee that since it deals with lots of laws, many people will see it's impact on a daily basis."
In the Senate, Sen. Arthur Orr (R - Decatur) will chair the General Fund Budget Committee and Sen. Tripp Pittman (R - Baldwin) will chair the Education Budget Committee.
One of the most powerful committees in the legislature, the Senate Rules Committee that dictates the floor agenda of the Senate will be chaired by Sen. Scott Beason (R- Gardendale). Beason said some changes are in store for his committee.
"We're going to let people know in advance when we're voting on a bill" Beason said. "It will make things easier for the public and for the media to know what we're doing on a regular basis and before we do something. It will make our job more transparent."
No Democrats will serve as committee chairs which is the same organization they put in place when they held the majority keeping Republicans out of any leadership role.
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