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Alabama Legislature Action

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama
Legislature on Tuesday, the 22nd meeting day of the regular
session:
HOUSE
-Passed a resolution honoring the memory of victims of the
Holocaust in Europe. Goes to Senate.
-Debated but did not vote on a $2.5 billion General Fund budget.
-Held a moment of silence and passed a resolution mourning the
death Birmingham City Council President Pro Tempore Miriam
Witherspoon.
SENATE
-Passed a $6.3 billion education budget for the 2009-2010 school
year. Goes to House.
-Passed a resolution mourning the death of Frank Bruer, a
longtime Capitol reporter for the Birmingham Post-Herald.
-Held a moment of silence to mourn the death of Birmingham City
Council President Pro Tempore Miriam Witherspoon.
COMMITTEES
-Senate Governmental Affairs Committee approved a bill that
would require anyone elected to be a county sheriff to have three
years of law enforcement experience. Goes to Senate.
AGENDA
-House Judiciary Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 123
at the Alabama Statehouse to consider a bill to make it a crime for
a teacher or school employee to have sexual relations with a
student.
-House Education Appropriations Committee meets at 9 a.m.
Wednesday in room 617 to consider education budget.
-House Public Safety Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room
602.
-House Government Operations Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday
in room 622.
-House Constitution and Elections Committee meets at 9 a.m.
Wednesday in room 603 to consider a bill to prohibit political
campaigns from using pictures of an opponent that have been
digitally altered in a negative way.
-House Committee on Boards and Commissions meets at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday in room 601.
-House Government Appropriations Committee meets at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday in room 617.
-House Banking and Insurance Committee meets at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday in room 621.
-House Committee on County and Municipal Government meets at
1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 622 to consider a bill to prohibit
state, county or municipal government to require employees to take
polygraph tests as a condition of continued employment.
-Senate Education Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in room
727 of the Statehouse to consider a bill requiring college students
applying to teacher preparation programs to have criminal
background checks.
-Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee meets at 9 a.m.
Wednesday in room 609 to consider a bill naming the manatee as the
official state marine mammal.
-Senate Judiciary Committee meets at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in room
727.
-Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee meets at
10:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 727.
-Senate Judiciary Committee meets at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in
room 727 to consider a bill banning text messaging while driving.
-House and Senate meet at 10 a.m. Thursday.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I am delighted we have these funds, because otherwise I would
have to describe the cuts that we would have to make as
Draconian." - House Speaker Seth Hammett, D-Andalusia, discussing
effect of federal stimulus money on funding for state agencies.

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