Rep. Mac McCutcheon named new Alabama House Speaker
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) —
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House members have named Republican Rep. Mac McCutcheon of Capshaw as the new speaker of the house.
Representatives on Monday elected McCutcheon to the powerful post with 68 votes.
McCutcheon, after his election, promised to be fair to House members and said the days of the "imperial speakership are over."
McCutcheon replaces former House Speaker Mike Hubbard. Hubbard was removed from office after being convicted on ethics charges.
McCutcheon is a former police officer and has recently served as the chairman of the Rules Committee.
House Republicans, who hold a lopsided majority in the House, voted for McCutcheon after agreeing on McCutcheon as their nominee. Democrats voted for Rep. John Knight of Montgomery.
The selection of a new speaker came on the first day of a special session focused on a state lottery and Medicaid funding.
Lawmakers are gathering in Montgomery to begin a special session on the possibility of creating a state lottery.
Gov. Robert Bentley on Monday morning issued a broad agenda for the session. It will focus on a lottery and any legislation that could provide money for Medicaid, infrastructure and debt payment.
Bentley is asking lawmakers to approve a state lottery. Lawmakers are also expected to debate a rival bill that would allow electronic gambling machines at state dog tracks.
Some legislative leaders say the bills face uncertain odds in a Legislature split over gambling.
Lawmakers are expected to debate possible uses of oil spill settlement funds.
The first business in the House of Representatives is the election of a new speaker.
The session begins at 4 p.m.