AL House Speaker Mike Hubbard visits Huntsville, talks plans for upcoming Legislative session

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- It was a packed house at Saturday's Madison County Republican Men's Club's monthly breakfast in Huntsville.

It was held at Trinity United Methodist Church.

This month's guest was Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard.

"We're not done changing Montgomery," he told the members his party who filled the room.

Hubbard discussed things on the agenda for this upcoming Legislative session.

Education reform was one item. Hubbard mentioned tenure reform, school choice, and charter schools as options Republicans would push.

"I think every child should have a quality education, no matter their zip code," he said.

Hubbard also discussed cutting government to reduce spending.

This is a hot topic, as many legislators have recently expressed a desire to combat Alabama's nearly $700 million general fund deficit.

"It's the right thing to do. It's painful, as you can imagine," he said.

Hubbard said it's not to be callous, though. He's hoping to cut jobs as people retire, and just not replace them, as a way to save the state money.

After speaking, Hubbard earned a standing ovation from the crowd.

But left out of his speech was a mention of a Lee County Grand Jury's 23-count indictment late last year, acccusing him of using his position of power for personal gain.

"That's a whole separate issue," he said when we asked him why. "That's going to be handled. The truth is going to come out, I'm looking forward to that happening."

The attorney handling the case has said Hubbard's indictment is the result of a lengthy investigation. Still, the politician was reelected House Speaker earlier this week by a large majority of his colleagues, across both sides of the aisle.

It's a decision Republicans here in Huntsville tell us they support.