Bills on child care, midwives, monuments pending on last day

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. ( — Lawmakers finish their annual session Friday, ending a contentious week with closely watched legislation still in play.

Among many bills that could pass or fail on the last day are bills that would:

Prohibit removal of historical monuments and renaming of memorial buildings and streets in place at least 40 years.
Require license-exempt child care centers affiliated with churches to have annual state inspections and meet other new requirements.
Make it legal for certified professional midwives to deliver babies in homes.
Allow condemned inmates to opt for execution by nitrogen gas.

The Republican majority in the Senate is expected to pass a bill to draw new boundaries in many House districts. Democrats, who are opposed to the planl, requested that it be read aloud before a vote.

An automated voice reader completed most of the 541-page bill on Thursday, reading for about 12 hours.

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