Republicans choose new leadership, mull special session

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Republican Gov.-elect Robert Bentley says it's fine with him if Gov. Bob Riley wants to call a special session of the new Alabama Legislature to consider government ethics and campaign finance measures.

Riley is considering calling a special session of the new Republican-controlled House and Senate before the change in administrations in January, when Bentley becomes governor. Bentley told newly elected Republican senators Thursday that he will help lead the push for the legislation if Riley does call a special session.

Bentley had campaigned on having a special session, within the regular session in the spring, to put restraints on lobbyists and to let voters know where campaign funds originate.

STATEHOUSE LEADERSHIP 

The newly elected Republican majority in the Alabama Senate has picked state Sen. Del Marsh of Anniston to be president pro tem, the most powerful post in the Senate.

The 22 Republican senators met privately in Montgomery Thursday to decide on their leadership.

State Sen. Jabo Waggoner of Vestavia Hills will be majority leader.

The newly elected House Republican majority is also meeting in Montgomery Thursday to determine its leadership. That includes who will be the next speaker of the House.

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