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Montgomery, Alabama – Summary of action in Alabama Legislature

(AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, the 20th meeting day of the regular session:
HOUSE
-Action stalled because of delaying tactics by Democrats
protesting votes by Republicans that have prevented debate of bill
to remove state 4 percent sales tax on food. Republicans used
procedural votes to delay action to protest the House work agenda.
-Passed a resolution honoring retired U.S. District Judge U.W.
Clemon of Birmingham. Goes to Senate.
-Passed a resolution honoring the Shelton State Community
College men's basketball team for finishing sixth in the national
junior college championship tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. Goes to
Senate.
-Gave final approval to an executive amendment Gov. Bob Riley
made to a stimulus bill that will spend $6 million in state funds
to help spur home sales in the state.
-Gave final approval to a resolution telling the Obama
administration that it wants all unemployment funding available
from the federal stimulus package and it is willing to change state
law to get it. Goes to governor.
SENATE
-Got shut down in stalling tactics by Sen. Phil Poole,
D-Moundville.
AGENDA
-House Constitution and Elections Committee meets at 9 a.m.
Wednesday in room 603 at the Alabama Statehouse to consider several
bills dealing with restoring voting rights for convicted felons.
-House Education Appropriations Committee meets at 9 a.m.
Wednesday in room 617.
-House Judiciary Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 123
to consider bill to allow use of marijuana for medical purposes.
-House Government Operations Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday
in room 622 to consider a Senate-passed bill to end regulation of
home and business phone services and give landline phone rates the
same deregulated status as cell phones and Internet-based calling.
-House Government Appropriations Committee meets at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday to consider General Fund budget.
-House Education Policy Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday
in room 602.
-House Agriculture and Forestry Committee meets at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday in room 603 to consider bill adding ferrets to animals
who must receive vaccinations for rabies.
-Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee meets at 9:30
a.m. Wednesday in room 727 to consider the education budget.
-Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee meets at
10:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 727 to consider legislation funding
the state's prepaid college tuition plan.
-Senate Judiciary Committee meets at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in
room 727 to consider legislation expanding the number of people who
can witness an execution.
-House and Senate meet at 10 a.m. Thursday.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"You could stay at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York and
stay there every day and never have to report it." - Gov. Bob
Riley at news conference encouraging legislators to pass his
proposed legislation strengthening Alabama's ethics law.


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