State Sen. Shadrack McGill wants to pray before the 2012 legislative session begins.
McGill, R-Woodville, has organized a prayer breakfast Monday morning at DeKalb Theater beginning at 8:30 a.m.
"I really don't believe in the separation-of-church-and-state thing," he said. "It's an opportunity, for me, for the church to get together with the elected officials and speak one-on-one as the meeting allows."
When the Legislature convenes Feb. 7, McGill will begin his second year representing the people of DeKalb, Jackson and eastern Madison counties.
McGill said all local elected officials have been invited to attend, and Congressman Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, is slated as the event's special guest speaker. Point of Honor will provide music for the prayer breakfast.
"It may be a new thing in DeKalb County, but it's not a new thing statewide," McGill said. "I'll likely attend quite a few legislative prayer breakfasts in the session. They're common in Madison County as well. I'd just like to implement that in Jackson along with DeKalb County."
McGill said he was encouraging pastors to take part in the event as well as local lawmakers. During the breakfast, officials will have an opportunity to speak to the citizens of DeKalb County. Time permitting, McGill said there might be a question-and-answer session.