Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon

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Alabama legislator Jim Patterson of Meridianville has died.    Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon said Patterson died Monday of a heart attack. He was 67.    Patterson, a Republican, was first elected to the Alabama Legislature in 2010.    

 Patterson is survived by his wife, Susan Carter Patterson, and their children. According to his legislative biography, Patterson served in the United States Army from 1972 until 1976 and then served another six years in the Army Reserves. He retired after 29 years as a pharmaceutical representative.

Republican Representative Mike Jones of Andalusia is taking over as chairman of the House Rules Committee.House Speaker Mac McCutcheon announced the appointment Wednesday.Jones is perhaps best known for organizing the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment investigation of former Governor Robert Bentley.  Bentley resigned the same day the committee began hearings.McCutcheon said Jones showed "attention to detail and fairness" during the difficult task that won him praise from colleagues.   

Alabama lawmakers delayed a vote on a proposed gas tax increase to pay for road and bridge construction after the bill ran into heavy opposition.  

 House Speaker Mac McCutcheon says the bill is likely dead for the session.

Today is Pro-Life Day in Alabama.

At least, that’s according to Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon and other leaders in the state legislature.