MONTGOMERY - On disputed voice votes Wednesday, a state lawmaker who works for a community college rammed through for final legislative action a bill that would give legislators power to overturn state school board rules for two-year colleges.
The action by Rep. Terry Spicer, D-Elba, an employee of Ozark-Enterprise Community College, drew harsh words from some committee members. They charged Spicer with ignoring repeated pleas for roll call votes and then using his position as acting chairman to declare the outcome of each vote in favor of the legislation.
"I'm not very pleased with the way this committee meeting went," said Rep. Mike Ball, R-Huntsville. Ball sat next to Spicer during the meeting and at one point jumped from his chair and, leaning toward Spicer, waved his hands and arms repeatedly asking Spicer for a roll call vote. Spicer ignored the move.
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Note: This is an outrage! The very legislators who abuse the system are trying to take over control so they can continue to use the system for their and/or their family's financial gain. This is a perfect example of the fox watching the hen house. Republicans are preparing for a floor fight. We need to make our voices known by calling our representatives and insisting that this bill be defeated. The first thing the legislature will do if it passes is to reverse the ban on legislators working for the two year system passed by the state school board last year.
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