Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Legislature began its 2005 regular session Tuesday. House Speaker Seth Hammett gaveled the House into session at noon. Lieutenant Governor Lucy Baxley called the Senate to order at the same time. The Legislature will be in session for the next three and a half months. A major hurdle will be finding money to fill an anticipated hole of up to 300 million dollars in the General Fund budget. The General Fund provides money for most non-education services, such as prisons, state troopers and Medicaid.
Montgomery, AL – There are two new members of the state House for this year's legislative session. Representative Jack Williams of Birmingham and Representative Nick Williams of McIntosh were sworn in by House Speaker Seth Hammett. Both are Republicans. Jack Williams is a former tax collector for Jefferson County. He will fill the seat vacated by the death of Representative Jack Hawkins. Nick Williams is an information technology specialist from Mobile County. He is filling the seat vacated by the death of Representative Jeff Dolbare.