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Women in Ala. Senate complain of diminished role

Sen. Vivian Figures and other female senators say their roles are being diminished. (File Photo: Sen. Figures during a meeting Wednesday 4/20/11) Sen. Vivian Figures and other female senators say their roles are being diminished. (File Photo: Sen. Figures during a meeting Wednesday 4/20/11)

The five women in the Alabama Senate are complaining that their role has diminished now that Republicans are in control of the Senate.

The four Democrats and one independent in the 35-member chamber took to the Senate microphone Thursday to say they would like a larger role on Senate committees.

Democratic Sen. Vivian Davis Figures of Mobile said women have no seats on seven of the Senate's 20 major committees. She said women were left off only three committees when Democrats ran the Senate. Other senators said they can't address issues important to women if they don't have a voice on committees.

The Senate's president pro tem, Republican Del Marsh of Anniston, said he considered senators' requests when making the committee assignments, but he will discuss the women's concerns. 

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