OZARK, Ala. (WTVY) -- A long-time lawmaker is back in office after running unopposed for re-election.
State representative Steve Clouse of Ozark took the oath of office Wednesday for his seventh term.
He had his family by his side during the ceremony.
Clouse is the chairman of the General Fund Ways and Means Committee.
He says budget hearings will soon get underway for the next legislative session.
“This year we have a little bit of luxury with the education budget where we have a little more cushion, because the economy has been stronger because of some reforms we put in place back in 2011 and 2012,” said Rep. Steve Clouse.
A gas tax increase to upgrade roads and bridges has already been proposed for the regular session that begins in March.