Alabama State Senate

Alabama State Senate

   MONTGOMERY, Ala (WBRC-TV, MyFoxAL.com)--- The new Alabama Senate is so sharply divided that it split 18-to-17 over whether to quit work today. The narrow vote ended the Legislature's organizational session. The
organizational session began a week ago with that same vote when
Senator Hinton Mitchem was elected president pro tem.
   Republicans say they are being treated unfairly in the Senate's
operating rules and with committee assignments. They make up
one-third of the Senate, but only got appointed to one-fourth of
the seats on some major Senate committees. Mitchem says he believes
the committee assignments and the rules are fair.
   Some Republicans are talking about shutting down the Senate when
the Legislature returns for its regular session in March. But
Democrats say the Republicans would only be blocking the
consideration of Governor Riley's campaign platform.
  
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