- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state senator from Cullman says his removal from the influential Senate Rules Committee was “punishment” after disagreeing with Senate leadership.

Republican Sen. Paul Bussman made a brief speech at the Senate microphone on Thursday to address his removal. Bussman says no senator should feel intimidated or threatened.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh has said Bussman was removed for breaking accepted Senate protocol. Marsh says the Senate assignments committee made a unanimous decision to remove Bussman.

Marsh says Bussman introduced a rival debate agenda without telling the Rules Committee chairman first. But Bussman is defending his actions.

The Rules Committee is important because it decides which bills will come up for Senate votes each day.

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