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Jim Preuitt, D-Talladega, and for Sen.
Hinton Mitchem, D-Union Grove, for president pro tem of the Senate.
Poole's vote and a decision by Sen.
Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, to switch allegiance from Preuitt to Mitchem gave Mitchem and former President Pro Tem Lowell Barron an 18-17 win and control of the 35-member Senate's rules and authority.
We've been a do-nothing body for four weeks," said Senate Rules Committee Chairman Jim Preuitt, D-Talladega. The Senate's Republican leader, Jabo Waggoner of Vestavia Hills, resigned from the Senate Rules Committee on Thursday because he said he had no input.
The 16 senators represent 2 million Alabamians and they deserve input when bills are discussed in committee, he
Sen. Gerald Dial, D-Lineville, and a member of the minority, said the situation now is the reverse of 1999, when Barron and many of the senators on his
side kept the Senate from doing anything for 10 meeting days because they felt they had been treated unfairly by then-Lt.Gov Steve Windom.
The Senate slowdown is getting on the nerves of House leaders.
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Preuitt gains support for senate leadership
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gains support for senate leadership
Jim Preuitt of Talladega appears positioned to take over the top leadership position in the Alabama Senate.
The Senate's 12 Republicans announced Wednesday they will join with seven Democrats to support Preuitt, for president pro tem of the Senate.
Senators will elect their new leader during an organizational session beginning Jan. 9.
The support of the Republicans would give Preuitt
19 votes - a majority in the 35-member Senate.
Preuitt, who is entering his fifth term in the Legislature and served the past eight years as chairman of the Senate Rules Committee says he wants to build a stronger state senate.
The current president pro tem of the Senate
for the past eight years, Sen.
has been a part of a group of conservative Democrats that had joined with Republicans in recent years to challenge Barron's leadership.
Fight for power in Senate
Jim Preuitt, D-Talladega, will be the next president pro tempore of the Senate if the alliance holds.
Seven Democrats, including Preuitt
, have formed a coalition with all 12 Republicans in the Senate
and agreed to elect him as the state's top senator.
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Senator Jim Preuitt