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Alabama Senate Approves General Fund Budget

Montgomery, Alabama –

(AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama
Legislature on Tuesday, the 26th meeting day of the regular
session:
HOUSE
-Did not have enough votes to bring up for debate a bill to
remove the 4 percent state sales tax on groceries.
-Passed a resolution asking Alabama State University to put
former trustee Joe Reed's name back on the school's basketball
arena. Goes to governor.
-Approved a bill to make the hallucinogenic salvia divinorum a
controlled substance in Alabama. Goes to Senate.
-Passed a bill requiring restaurants to publicly display country
of origin of catfish. Goes to Senate.
-Approved a bill that would allow Alabama residents to posess
some short barrel shotguns and rifles that are currently illegal.
Goes to Senate.
-Gave final passage to a bill that designates hospices as health
care facilities in Alabama. Goes to governor.
-Approved a bill that raises the school dropout age in Alabama
from 16 to 17 and requires 17-year-olds to have parental permission
before dropping out. Goes back to Senate.
-Did not have enough votes to bring up for debate a bill that
set the starting date for the public school year in Alabama as no
earlier than Aug. 16.
-Passed a bill to expand the types of businesses that can get
state economic incentives for locating in Alabama. Goes to Senate.
SENATE
-Honored eight-term Sen. Bobby Denton, D-Muscle Shoals, who has
announced that he won't seek re-election next year.
-Passed a supplemental appropriations bill for this year, which
the House later disagreed with. Goes to conference committee.
-Passed a bill to allow the sale of stronger wine in Alabama.
Goes to House.
-Approved a revised state General Fund budget. Goes back to
House.
COMMITTEES
-House Government Operations Committee approved a bill that
would allow the state to lease for up to 70 years land for a
privately developed hotel and convention center at Gulf State Park
in Gulf Shores. Goes to House.
AGENDA
-Senate Confirmations Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in
room 727 of the Statehouse.
-Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee meets at 9 a.m.
Wednesday in room 609.
-Senate Judiciary Committee meets at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in room
727 to consider hate crimes legislation.
-House Judiciary Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 123
at the Alabama Statehouse to consider a Senate-passed bill make
residential mortgage fraud a crime.
-House Commerce Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 621.
-House Education Appropriations Committee meets at 9 a.m.
Wednesday in room 617.
-House and Senate meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"It's dead." - Paul Hubbert, executive secretary of the
Alabama Education Association, describing legislation to tax,
regulate and expand electronic bingo.

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