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A Summary of the Latest Action in the Alabama Legislature

Montgomery, Alabama –
(AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama
Legislature on Tuesday, the ninth meeting day of the regular
session:
HOUSE
-Debated, but did not vote on a bill to place stiffer penalties
on truck drivers and companies that don't properly tie down steel
coils on the back of trucks.
-Passed a bill to require DNA testing of all suspects arrested
on felony charges. Goes to Senate.
-Approved a bill that allows gourmet beers with higher alcohol
contents to be sold in Alabama. Goes to Senate.
-Passed a bill that would require law enforcement to inform a
convicted sex offender before he is released from prison if he has
provided an address that would put the offender in violation of
state law. Goes to Senate.
-Approved a bill to allow up to eight family members of a murder
victim to attend the execution of the convicted murderer. Goes to
Senate.
-Gave final approval to a number bills extending the life of
state agencies. Go to governor.
-Had a moment of silence to mourn the death of former Rep. James
"Goat" Hamilton, D-Rogersville.
-Had a moment of silence to mourn the death of former Rep. Jim
Haney, R-Huntsville.
-Recognized that Tuesday was 60th birthday of Rep. Mike Hill,
R-Columbiana. Representatives and staff members wore "I like
Mike" buttons.
SENATE
-Approved a stimulus bill that would spend $6 million of state
funds to help spur home sales in the state. Goes to House.
-Defeated a bill that would have spent $1 billion from an oil
and gas revenue savings account over 10 years on highway
construction.
-Recognized Senate President Pro Tem Rodger Smitherman on his
56th birthday.
COMMITTEES
-Senate Governmental Affairs Committee approved a bill to
increase the penalties for cockfighting. Goes to Senate.
AGENDA
-House Education Appropriations Committee meets at 9 a.m.
Wednesday in room 617 at the Alabama Statehouse.
-House Judiciary Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 123
to consider a bill to increase the penalty for driving a boat under
the influence of alcohol or drugs when involved in fatal accident.
-House Government Operations Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday
in room 622.
-House Committee on County and Municipal Government meets at
1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 622.
-House Agriculture and Forestry Committee meets at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday in room 603 to consider a bill to make the manatee the
official state marine mammal.
-House Tourism and Travel Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday
in room 123.
-House Education Policy Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. in room 602
to consider bill to allow teachers and students to express their
own opinions during certain science classes.
-Senate Judiciary Committee meets at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in
room 727.
-Senate Confirmations Committee at noon in room 727.
-House and Senate meet at 10 a.m. Thursday.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"This means people can get drunk quicker as they go down the
highway." - Rep. DuWayne Bridges, R-Valley, during debate of bill
to allow sale of beer with higher alcohol content.

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