Mike Hubbard

4:37 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Hubbard back in court, Alabama Senate approves education Bill, "You Drive, You Text, You Pay"

Indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard is back in court for another hearing ahead of his fall trial on felony ethics charges.

Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker heard arguments and testimony today on various motions in the case.

Hubbard's defense team wants to dismiss the case. They argue there was prosecutorial misconduct. They also believe Attorney General Luther Strange did not have the authority to select an acting attorney general when he stepped aside from the case.

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11:23 am
Thu January 15, 2015

UAV Task Force, Legislative Committees and Conservation

Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan
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Alabama’s Unmanned Aerial System Task Force is submitting a report to Governor Bentley today. That report will lay the groundwork for regulating unmanned aerial drones throughout the state.

Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan heads that task force. He said the privacy of Alabama’s citizens was a great concern when drafting the report, but compared UAVs to another hot-button privacy topic.

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Alabama Legislator Trial
4:15 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Star Witness Testifies In Rep. Moore's Trial

Prosecutors in the perjury trial of Republican Rep. Barry Moore played tape recordings of Moore and his primary opponent discussing if state funds would be in jeopardy if he ran against Moore.

Prosecutors in the perjury trial of Republican Rep. Barry Moore played tape recordings of Moore and his primary opponent discussing if state funds would be in jeopardy if he ran against Moore.

On one tape Tuesday, former primary candidate Josh Pipkin asked Moore if the Enterprise area would lose state money for a jobs projects if he stayed in the race.

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Politics & Government
6:38 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Trial Set to Begin for Rep. Moore

Barry Moore
Credit legislature.state.al.us

The first trial resulting from a special grand jury investigation in Lee County is set to begin.

Republican Rep. Barry Moore of Enterprise goes on trial Monday in Opelika on charges of perjury and making false statements to law enforcement. Prosecutors have accused Moore of lying to the grand jury during its investigation of possible government corruption.

Defense attorney Bill Baxley describes the evidence as the weakest he's seen.

Attorneys expect to conclude the trial within one week.

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Politics & Government
4:55 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Bentley to Announce Small Business Commission

Governor Robert Bentley
Credit blog.al.com

A newly-created special commission is expected to help small business startups throughout the state and assist existing businesses in their expansion efforts.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is expected to announce the creation of the Alabama Small Business Commission Monday morning at the state Capitol building along with House Speaker Mike Hubbard, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh and National Federation of Independent Business State Director Rosemary Elebash.

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Politics & Government
6:23 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Perjury Trial for Alabama Lawmaker Set for October

Barry Moore
Credit legislature.state.al.us

A Lee County Circuit Court judge has moved the trial for an Alabama lawmaker facing perjury charges to October.

The Opelika-Auburn News reported Wednesday that Judge Jacob A. Walker rescheduled Republican Rep. Barry Moore's trial for the week of Oct. 27. The case was initially scheduled to begin next week. The judge moved the trial based on a request from Moore's defense attorney.

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Politics & Government
10:43 am
Sun September 7, 2014

Poarch Creeks Donate to GOP

Credit Poarch Band of Creek Indians

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians gave $500,000 to a Republican group that contributed to 2010 legislative races, but state Republicans say they didn't direct the donation.

Republican Senate leader Del Marsh says he met with the tribe in 2009 but didn't ask for the donation.

Marsh says he was hoping to prevent the tribe from bankrolling Democrats. He told members of the tribal council that the GOP majority would not oppose legal gambling operations.

The tribe gave $550,000 to the Virginia-based Republican State Leadership Committee.

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Politics & Government
6:24 am
Thu September 4, 2014

House Speaker Uses Campaign Fund for Legal Fees

Mike Hubbard
Credit mikehubbard.com

Alabama campaign finance records show that Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard has used campaign funds to pay more than $230,000 in legal fees since December.

Records show that Hubbard has paid a total of $176,475 to the Birmingham law firm of White, Arnold and Dowd, and $55,000 to the Pell City law firm of Trussell, Funderburg, Rea and Bell.

The payments began in December, and Hubbard's campaign reported paying $10,000 to the Pell City firm in August.

State law allows the use of campaign funds for legal expenses under certain circumstances.

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Politics & Government
6:27 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Hubbard Praises Court Ruling on Prayer

Rep. Mike Hubbard (R-Lee)
Alabama House of Representatives

House Speaker Mike Hubbard is praising the U.S. Supreme Court decision that says prayers at the opening of town council meetings don't violate the Constitution.

Hubbard filed a friend of the court brief in the case that was decided by the Supreme Court 5-4 on Monday. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that the prayers used by the town council in Greece, New York, are ceremonial and in keeping with the nation's traditions.

House Committee Heads
7:02 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Hubbard Names Leaders For Some Ala. House Panels

House Speaker Mike Hubbard names leaders for some House panels ahead of next month's legislative session.
Credit Alabama House of Representatives

Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard of Auburn has appointed representatives to fill committee leadership vacancies prior to the Feb. 5 start of the 2013 regular session.

Republican Rep. Lynn Greer of Rogersville will replace Rep. Mac McCutcheon of Capshaw as chairman of the Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure Committee. McCutcheon recently became chairman of the House Rules Committee, replacing former Rep. Blaine Galliher of Rainbow City. Galliher resigned his House seat to take a position on the governor's staff.

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House Rules Chairman
4:28 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

McCutcheon Named Ala. House Rules Committee Chair

Republican State Rep. Mac McCutcheon has been named chairman of the of the powerful Rules Committee in the Alabama House of Representatives.
Credit http://www.macmccutcheon.com/

Republican State Rep. Mac McCutcheon of Capshaw has been named chairman of the powerful Rules Committee in the Alabama House of Representatives.

House Speaker Mike Hubbard of Auburn Thursday named McCutcheon to replace Republican Rep. Blaine Galliher of Gadsden as Rules Committee chairman. The Rules Committee sets the daily work agenda for the House.

Galliher resigned his House seat four months ago when Gov. Robert Bentley named him legislative director in the governor's administration.

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Ala. Speaker's New Post
5:15 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Alabama Speaker To Lead Southern Legislative Group

Alabama House of Representatives

Alabama House Speaker Republican Rep. Mike Hubbard of Auburn has been elected chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference. Hubbard was elected chairman of the organization that includes legislators from 15 Southern states at the organization's annual meeting Tuesday in Charleston, W.Va. As chairman, Hubbard will be host of next year's meeting in Mobile. Hubbard was the unanimous choice to replace West Virginia House Speaker Rick Thompson as chairman. Hubbard said the conference provides quality assistance and research for legislators whether they are Republicans or Decmocrats.

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