The Republican caucus of the House of Representatives released its legislative platform on Monday, one day before the legislature is slated to gavel in.

The so-called "Leadership That Works!" legislative platform details the issues that the House's GOP members have unanimously agreed to prioritize during the session and ratified at the caucus' winter retreat.

"Since Republicans have taken control of the Legislature, Alabama's economy is historically strong, we are a national leader in job recruitment and economic development, public schools are being funded at record levels, and the conservative values that so many of us embrace are reflected in the policies we pass," House Majority Leader Scott Stadthagen (R-Hartselle) said. "Evidence across the board proves conclusively that Republican leadership is leadership that works, and these priorities will ensure that fact remains true for years to come."

The list of legislative priorities was compiled by the House Republican Caucus Platform Committee, appointed by Stadthagen and chaired by State Rep. Randall Shedd (R-Fairview).

"These issues represent the conservative beliefs, principles, and ideals that our Republican House members were elected by their constituents to represent, propose, and pass," Shedd said, "We are united in our confidence that promoting these priorities throughout the 2024 regular session will make an already great state even better."

The priorities are:

·      Ensuring Honest Elections in Alabama

·      Providing A Quality Education for Every Alabama Child

·      Strengthening and Continuing Alabama's Historic Economy

·      Keeping Alabama the Most Military Friendly State in the Nation

·      Preserving Alabama's Public Safety and Creating Safer Communities

·      Promoting and Prioritizing "Made in Alabama" Products

·      Protecting Our Children From Harm

·      Streamlining State Government and Demanding Fiscal Accountability

Some issues already have bills filed to address the priorities, such as school choice and preventing ballot harvesting. However, others have yet to be filed.   

Notable missing from the "Leadership That Works" is the highly anticipated comprehensive gaming legislation, which lawmakers are rumored to take up early in the session. 

"Chairman Shedd and the members of the platform committee deserve special recognition for the hard work, time, and travel that they devoted to creating the 'Leadership That Works!' agenda," Stadthagen said. "Our Republican members of the Alabama House are among the most dedicated public servants you will find anywhere in the nation, and the citizens of Alabama are fortunate to have such selfless men and women representing them in Montgomery."

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