Alabama Legislative Review

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama
Legislature on Thursday, the 17th meeting day of the regular
-Vote failed to bring up for debate a bill to remove the state 4
percent sales tax from food purchases.
-Members of Black Caucus used stalling tactics to prevent action
on other bills to protest failure to bring up bill to remove the
state sales tax from groceries.
-Held a ceremony honoring members of the Butler High School in
Huntsville boys basketball team, that won the Alabama 5A state
-Passed a resolution requiring the governor to give the
Legislature reports on the spending of federal stimulus funds. Goes
to Senate.
-Approved a bill requiring training, testing and licensing for
mortgage loan originators. Goes to House.
-Delayed a final vote on an anti-smoking bill after adding
amendments opposed by the sponsor.
-Delayed consideration of a bill that would allow voters in
small towns in dry counties to vote to legalize liquor sales.
-Contract Review Committee allowed the governor to proceed with
a $250,000 contract for attorneys to help the Governor's Task Force
on Illegal Gambling.
-Legislative Council blocked a plan to allow furloughs of state
-House and Senate meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
"They have to buy something that fills the tummy rather than
buying something that is good for the arteries and prevents
hypertension." - House Speaker Pro Tem Demetrius Newton,
D-Birmingham, talking about effect of high price of groceries on
poor people during discussion of a bill to remove state 4 percent
sales tax from groceries.

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