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The Alabama Statehouse is virtually empty today after members of the House and Senate ended their sometimes contentious 2013 regular session late Monday night. Lawmakers approved dozens of bills that included a sweeping change in state gun laws, authorizing bond issues to rebuild storm damaged schools and National Guard armories; passed legislation to revise the state's campaign laws and allowing school systems to hire armed guards. Legislators dealt Governor Bentley a setback by rejecting his proposal to delay private school tax credits for two years.
Governor Robert Bentley said he has spoken with Oklahoma's governor and offered whatever assistance the state needs in the wake of Monday's monster tornado. Bentley said he remembers Oklahoma was one of the many states that provided assistance to Alabama following a string of deadly twisters that pummeled the state in April 2011.
A new probate and revenue office has opened in east Montgomery. The offices, located next to Burlington Coat Factory on Atlanta Highway, was officially dedicated Monday. Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven Reed said the facility will serve a growing population on Montgomery's eastside.