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Summary of action in Alabama Legislature
Summary of action in Alabama Legislature
By The Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) ' A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, the 20th meeting day of the regular session:

HOUSE:

'Paused to hope for the fast recovery of House Minority Leader Craig Ford, who was hospitalized after suffering a detached retina.



'Approved a bill making it a crime to have sexual relations with an animal. Goes to Senate.

'Passed a bill allowing certain precious metals to be stored in Alabama warehouses. Goes to Senate.'

'Approved a bill to allow restaurants to put the cork back on a bottle of wine and send it home with the customer. Goes to the Senate.

'Passed a bill establishing a sales tax holiday for the purchase of items like generators and weather radios needed to prepare for bad weather. Goes to Senate.

'Approved a bill to ban lawsuits against restaurants and other companies claiming the company caused a person to gain weight. Goes to Senate.

'Passed a bill prohibiting inmates from having access to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Goes to Senate.

'Approved a bill removing ectopic pregnancies from the list of procedure that doctors and hospitals have to report as types of pregnancies.

SENATE:

'Delayed consideration of several bills addressing homeowners' insurance issues.

'Approved a heavily amended version of a bill to tie legislators' compensation to the state's median household income. Goes to House.

COMMITTEES:

'Senate Constitution and Elections Committee approved a bill to allow state employees and public school employees to receive gifts worth $25 or less. Goes to Senate.

'Senate Constitution and Elections Committee approved a bill to raise the annual salary level where public employees have to file an annual financial disclosure form from $50,000 to $75,000. Goes to Senate.

'House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee approved a bill to make changes to the state immigration law. Goes to House.

AGENDA:

'Senate Education Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 727 of the Statehouse to consider charter school legislation.

'Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday in room 727 to consider the state education budget.

'Senate Health Committee meets at 11 a.m. Wednesday in room 304 to consider legislation involving abortion-inducing drugs.

'Senate Judiciary Committee holds a public hearing on legislation to revise the state's immigration law at 1 p.m. Wednesday in room 807.

'House Judiciary Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 123 to consider a bill to enhance the penalties for human trafficking.

'House Ways and Means Education Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 627 to consider a bill to offer tax incentives to some tourist attractions.

'House Education Policy Committee meets at 3 p.m. Wednesday to consider a bill to lower the mandatory age for starting to school from 7 to 6.

'House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 123 to consider a proposed constitutional amendment to allow display of the Ten Commandments in public schools.

'House meets at 9 a.m. Thursday and Senate at 10 a.m.


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