One of the more interesting twists and turns of the recent legislative session was the failure of Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh to get his amendment to the Alabama Accountability Act passed.

While it passed the Senate on a 17-15 vote, the last day of the session it was overhelmingly rejected by the House  59-28.

Here are the Senators and Representatives who stood with public education on this vote.


Republicans–Paul Sanford; Shay Shelnutt; Cam Ward, Arthur Orr; Greg Reed; Clay Scofield; Paul Bussman

Democrats–Billy Beasley; Vivian Figures; Quinton Ross; Linda Coleman-Madison; Hank Sanders; Bobby Singleton, Roger Smitherman

Independent–Harri Anne Smith


Republicans–Will Ainsworth; Alan Baker; Paul Beckman; Jim Carns; Donnie Chesteen; Steve Clouse; Dicky Drake; Bob Fincher; Tommy Hanes; Corey Harbison; Jim Hill; Steve Hurst; Ron Johnson, Nathaniel Ledbetter, Paul Lee, Joe Lovvorn, Jimmy Martin, Jim Patterson, Phillip Pettus, Kerry Rich, Connie Rowe; Chris Sells; Randall Shedd; Harry Shiver; David Standridge; Tim Wadsworth; Issac Whorton; Ritchie Whorton; Rich Wingo

Democrats–Louise Alexander; Elaine Beech; Marcel Black; Napolean Bracy; James Buskey; Prince Chestnut; Adline Clark; Merika Coleman; Anthony Daniels; Barbara Drummond; Chris England; Craig Ford; Berry Forte; Juandalynn Givan; Dexter Grimsley; Laura Hall; Rolanda Hollis; Alvin Holmes; Ralph Howard; Thomas Jackson; John Knight; Kelvin Lawrence; Richard Lindsey; A. J. McCampbell; Thad McClammy; Mary Moore; Johnny Mack Morrow; John Rogers; Rod Scott; Patricia Todd

Thanks to one and all.  This was a very significant vote and certainly indicates a growing independence in the statehouse among Republicans.