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Debate about illegals scheduled
Immigration public hearing to be held on Halloween in Star Wars Room

By M.J. Ellington
mjellington@decaturdaily.com · (334) 262-1104

MONTGOMERY — The Joint Patriotic Immigration Commission will hold a Halloween Day public hearing in Montgomery on issues surrounding illegal immigration.

The 1 p.m. hearing will be in the Star Wars Room on the eighth floor of the Statehouse.

The Legislature formed the commission to make recommendations on legislation for the 2008 session.

Commission Chairman Jay Reed, a Birmingham construction company executive, said his goal is to have draft legislation by the third legislative day in February.

Numerous readers e-mailed to request the names of the committee and asked who appointed them.

The governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the House each made seven appointments to the group.

They include a mix of lawmakers, business people, attorneys and advocates.

Who’s in charge

Officials and their appointments:

  • Speaker of the House Seth Hammett, D-Andalusia: Reps. Micky Hammon, R-Decatur; Randy Hinshaw, D-Meridianville; and Rod Scott, D-Fairfield.

    At-large appointments: Montgomery attorney Boyd Campbell, general counsel of the Alabama Center for Foreign Investment; Elia Ordonez of Huntsville, Marshall Space Flight Center Hispanic Programs officer; Oliver Washington, Alabama A&M trustee and Theodore greenhouse operator; Ricky Wiggins of Andalusia, Alabama Farmers Federation board of directors member and turf farmer.

  • Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom: Sens. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale; Roger Bedford, D-Russellville; and Senate Majority Leader Hinton Mitchem, D-Union Grove.

    At-large appointments: Alabama Forestry Association President Chris Issacson of Montgomery; immigration attorney and naturalized citizen Wendy Padilla Madden of Hoover; Alabama State University professor Jacquealine Myers of Montgomery, and poultry producer; and ALFA committee Chairman Dennis Maze of Cullman.

  • Gov. Bob Riley’s appointments: Reed, vice president of Associated Builders and Contractors; head of Tyson Foods Inc. in Alabama, Ricky Walker of Altoona; naturalized U.S. citizen Patricia DeVane of Dothan; and Bill Cotter Construction executive Bill Cotter of Enterprise.

    At-large appointments: cattle rancher and ALFA Women’s Committee member Ronnie Mobley of Delmar; Republican Party activist Elois Zeanah of Tuscaloosa; and Qualico Steel executive Jed Downs of Dothan.

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