Marsh speaks on legislation at Rotary Club
by W. Brian Hale
Oct 12, 2011 | 1704 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Alabama State Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh (R-Anniston) spoke to the Rotary Club on Tuesday on legislative acts undertaken in the senate, as well as future bills and actions currently in consideration.

Marsh, the guest speaker of Rotarian and District 5 Sen. Greg Reed (R-Jasper), is a 12-year veteran of the Alabama Senate and owner of an Oxford-based engineering services and aircraft part repair company that employs roughly 150 people in the Calhoun County area. Using his three decades of experience as a business owner, Marsh has focused on job creation as a device to stimulate Alabama’s economic growth while protecting small businesses.

“The primary agenda for myself and House Speaker Mike Hubbard has been job creation,” Marsh said. “Pro-business campaigning was the focus in 2006 and in 2010, as it will also be in 2012. Getting Alabamians back to work should be a top issue for every legislator in Montgomery, regardless of our party alignments — as when our citizens are employed, financial difficulties can be addressed more successfully.”

Other issues that Marsh has concentrated on in his first term as Senate President Pro Tem has been reducing spending, ethics reform, Alabama Constitution reform and education reform. Marsh significantly reduced spending by cutting his office’s budget 65 percent and reducing the staff of more than 40 under former leadership down to four, saving roughly $100,000 a month in personnel costs.

“With our current economic climate, it’s necessary for us to cut cost where we can while still being able run our government efficiently,” Marsh said. “Along with the changes we have made, we are going to continue to do everything we can to streamline the cost of government.”

Seven ethics bills have been passed during Marsh’s President Pro Tem tenure — bills that he says have made a noticeable change in the way legislators are able to conduct their duties in Montgomery.

“The change has been extremely positive,” Marsh said. “Previously, lobbyists were having too much control in the way that our Senate and House were ran. Now legislators on both sides of the aisle operate much better in their duties, which has contributed to a more conducive environment in our capitol. In Washington, we’ve seen that it’s at a stalemate in key issues, but in Alabama, we’re moving in the right direction.”

Marsh spoke highly of the work of his fellow legislators Reed and House Rep. Bill Roberts (R-Jasper), referring to their leadership as instrumental in moving Alabama towards a brighter future.

“Your Walker County legislators have been working hard in Montgomery in the interests of not only your area, but for our entire state as well,” Marsh said. “Greg and Bill’s decision making and support has been a key in helping us make important laws that will help Alabama and I look forward to more positive work with both of them.”