MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) announced several committee reassignments on Monday after conducting what many expected to be a routine review.
“Committee assignments are often changed in order to bring new ideas, fresh perspectives, and renewed enthusiasm to the various legislative panels,” McCutcheon told the Alabama News Network. “We work hard to pair each member with a committee assignment that reflects their particular skill set, district, and constituencies.”
The latest committee changes will stay in place for the remainder of the current legislative quadrennium or four-year cycle. The next organizational session of the legislature will not convene until 2019.
The assigned changes are:
• Rep. Alan Boothe (R–Troy) has been moved from the House Rules Committee to the House Ethics and Campaign Finance Committee
• Rep. Prince Chestnut (D–Selma) will no longer serve on the State Government Committee and has been moved to the House Judiciary Committee. He will still sit on the Military and Veterans Affairs and Urban and Rural Development committees.
• Rep. Danny Crawford (R–Athens) will now serve on the House Agriculture and Forestry Committee in addition to his service on the County and Municipal Government, Health and Urban and Rural Development Committees.
• Rep. Juandalynn Givan (D–Birmingham) has been moved from the House Judiciary Committee to the House County and Municipal Government Committee. She will maintain her seat on the Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee.
• Rep. Kelvin Lawrence (D–Hayneville) will sit on the House State Government Committee in addition to the Boards, Agencies, and Commissions and Economic Development and Tourism committees.
• Rep. Tim Wadsworth (R–Arley) was moved from the House State Government Committee to the House Judiciary Committee. He will maintain his seat on the Children and Senior Advocacy and Local Legislation committees.
• Rep. Jack Williams (R–Wilmer) has been moved from the Agriculture and Forestry Committee to the House State Government Committee.
While these changes will stay in place until the start of 2019, McCutcheon said that more changes could come before the Legislature meets again at the start of next year.