Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday, a committee meeting day: COMMITTEES -Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee discussed the governor's proposed education budget, but took no action on it. -Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee approved bills to allow stronger beers and wines to be sold in Alabama. Go to Senate. -Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee approved a bill that would allow the city councils in 14 cities to schedule referendums
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Efforts to allow the sale of stronger beer in Alabama are brewing again in the Legislature. The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee voted without dissent Wednesday for a bill that would allow the sale of beer with up to 13.9 percent alcohol by volume. The president of Free the Hops, Stuart Carter of Birmingham, says Alabama, Mississippi and West Virginia currently have the nation's strictest limit on beer at 6 percent alcohol by volume.
Birmingham, Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Its happened again. Two men were shot when they attempted to repossess a vehicle in northeast Birmingham. Birmingham Police said 30-year-old Jason Williamson is recovering from a gunshot wound to the neck. He was listed in serious condition at UAB Hospital. A co-worker, 28-year-old Garron Freeman, was also hit by the bullet. His injury was described as minor and he was treated and released. Police said the shootings occurred Tuesday night. No arrests were made.
Montgomery,Alabama – Montgomery Public Schools officials are beginning the work of moving students and teachers from three local schools after voting to close them because of budget problems.
At the end of the school year, over -700- students from Hayneville Road, Paterson, and Pintala elementary will be moved to neighboring schools. More than 100 employees will be moved to positions that are available in surrounding schools.
Montgomery, Alabama – A bill that would define the term "moral turpitude" has made it through a House committee. The bill would identify more than 70 felonies as crimes, which if committed, would prevent a convicted person from voting.
The bill would also keep a convicted felon from automatically having his or her voting rights restored. The measure is headed to the full Alabama House for consideration.
Montgomery, Alabama – Alabama's two senators, Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby, both Republicans, voted against the economic stimulus plan that passed Tuesday in the U.S. Senate.
Shelby, Alabama's senior senator, speaking in Montgomery just prior to the vote is critical of the measure. Shelby said he does not believe the stimulus plan should be the focus of attention; instead, Shelby argues the government should work to correct the nation's banking system.