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Mike Hubbard discusses legal troubles, upcoming legislative agenda

(WTVM) - When the Alabama Legislative session kicks off next month, state Republicans will push to bring back two controversial things - the electric chair and prayer in school.

Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard sat down with us to discuss his party's legislative agenda, as well as his legal troubles and how it's impacting his family.

Hubbard was indicted last year on 23 felony ethics violations, and the first evidentiary hearing is in April.

When we spoke to him on Thursday, he seemed upbeat and confident about his chances in court while discussing upcoming legislation he believes will strengthen Alabama families. 

Hubbard is sharing the Republican Caucus's legislative agenda with voters. 

"This year is Alabama first, we want to make sure Alabama is first in education, first in economic development, and with all those in Washington trying to send down directive we want to do what is best for Alabama first," Hubbard said.  

The following legislation is first priority for Republicans when the session starts on March 3: 

21st Century Workforce Scholarships: focuses on career-tech duel enrollment by adding 5 million dollars in scholarships. 

Parental Empowerment Tools: seeks school choice options by creating public charter schools.

Economic Development Reforms: to update incentives for new and existing businesses.

The Regulation Repeal Act: to downsize government by repealing 300 unenforceable laws. 

The Truth in Salary Act: would require state agencies and education entities to detail employee benefits.  

The Freedom of Religion in Marriage Protection Act: to legally protect anyone from being forced to perform ceremonies violating their 
beliefs. 

The Student Religious Liberties Act: seeks to re-establish student led prayer and religious expression in schools.

The Capital Punishment Preservation Act: would bring back Alabama's electric chair, if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional or drugs aren't available.

"We have a great group of legislators on both sides of the isle and there is the opportunity for us to do some really good things," Hubbard said. 

Never far from his mind is the fight to defend himself against 23 felony ethics charges, each punishable by two to 20 years in prison. 

"We have an evidentiary hearing on April 15, I am looking forward to that, we are going to get subpoenas out, get on the offensive mode, finally get to do that and start to expose what is going on," Hubbard said. 

He's stronger than ever politically, winning re-election and Speaker by a landslide.

Still, emotionally and financially he says his legal bills have reached the $1 million mark. He's drained and so is his family.  

"I can see where people would plea, even if they are not guilty, because they bleed you to death just to stop the bleeding because tax payers are funding them," Hubbard said. 

Hubbard stands firm he is innocent. He hopes a Lee County judge will throw the case out due to a lack of evidence.

If not, he could go to trial sometime in October.

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