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House Speaker McCutcheon talks elections and 2019

Speaker McCutcheon said his major focuses for 2019 include improving state infrastructure, school safety, ethics law and dealing with the state's budgets. (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo) Speaker McCutcheon said his major focuses for 2019 include improving state infrastructure, school safety, ethics law and dealing with the state's budgets. (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The 2018 election year is one that will have a large impact on state politics. 

In the Alabama House of Representatives alone, Speaker Mac McCutcheon says there will be 25 open seats. The open seats will be filled most likely by freshman lawmakers. The number likely will be higher, depending on how many incumbents lose their upcoming elections. 

The house speaker discussed major focuses he has in 2019. Those focuses include improving the state’s infrastructure, school safety, ethics law and dealing with the state’s two budgets.

Each one of those issues would be seen as a heavy lift for lawmakers and take compromise. 

“Don’t be the elected official who says no to everything. It’s okay to disagree with some of the issues you will face but at the end of the day be willing to come to the table,” McCutcheon said about incoming lawmakers. “I would tell them that serving in the legislature is exactly that, a service.”

If the legislature can get on the same page, then passing real change would be possible. If not, challenging pieces of legislation would become nearly impossible. 

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