Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

ALABAMA EXPOSURE: McCutcheon to Head Rules Committee

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

ALABAMA EXPOSURE: McCutcheon to Head Rules Committee

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House Speaker Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, last week named state Rep. Mac McCutcheon of Capshaw as chairman of the powerful agenda- setting Rules Committee. McCutcheon, a Republican, succeeds former Rep. Blaine Galliher, R-Rainbow City. He became Gov. Robert Bentley's legislative director earlier this year. McCutcheon is in his second term and is a retired public safety employee.

"Mac possesses a tireless work ethic and commands the respect and trust of House members on both sides of the aisle, and each of those qualities are vital to the post of Rules Committee chairman," Hubbard said in a statement.

"I appreciate the trust that the speaker and my House colleagues have placed in me, and I'll work every day to justify their faith and confidence," McCutcheon said. He said, like Galliher, he'll encourage Rules Committee members to give every legislator equal consideration on bills to be placed on the agenda.

McCutcheon served 25 years in law enforcement for the Huntsville Police Department and the Huntsville city court system. He was a police officer, police trainer, major crimes investigator, hostage negotiator and probation officer.

Bentley was right not to set up health exchange

The president of the Alabama Policy Institute said that Gov. Robert Bentley made the right decision not to set up a health exchange created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

"Contrary to what some state Democrats and other supporters of big government say, Bentley's decision is legally and fiscally on solid ground," Gary Palmer said.

Palmer said the ACA may never be implemented because of lawsuits that have been filed. Palmer said states do not have to set up health exchanges and cannot set up a federal exchange since the law that President Barack Obama signed restricts administration of premium-assistance tax credits to states.

The federal government cannot impose fines for non- participation, Palmer said. He said a problem with state-created exchanges is states won't control them. Bentley said a state exchange would cost between $30 million and $50 million to administer.

Legislators to lobby for Marketplace Fairness Act

State legislators plan a major push on Capitol Hill this week to urge passage of the Marketplace Fairness Act that will allow states to collect online and catalog sales taxes. …

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