Alabama Legislative Session Gets Underway

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, the first meeting day of the 2013 regular session:
-- Joined the Senate in listening to the governor's State of the State speech.
--House Speaker Mike Hubbard gave the oath of office to two new members of the House, Republicans David Standridge of Hayden and Mack Butler of Rainbow City.
--Had a moment of silence for Rep. Yvonne Kennedy of Mobile, who died since the end of the last session
--Passed a resolution memorializing Dale County school bus driver Charles Albert Poland Jr., who was killed last week while trying to stop a kidnapping. Goes to House.
-- House Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday in room 418 at the Alabama Statehouse to discuss a proposed constitutional amendment to grant Alabama citizens the right to bear arms.
-- House Ways and Means Education Committee meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday in room 617.
-- House Committee on Boards, Agencies and Commissions meets at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 428.
-- House Health will meet upon adjournment of House Wednesday in the Joint Briefing Room to discuss a proposal to legalize medical marijuana and to have a public hearing on a bill to add requirements for providers of abortions.
-- House Education Policy Committee meets at 1 p.m. Wednesday in room 418 to discuss a bill that would give local school systems more flexibility.
-- House Judiciary Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 123.
-- House State Government Committee meets at 3 p.m. Wednesday in room 428.
-- House Ways and Means General Fund Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 617.
--Senate Confirmations Committee meets at 8 a.m. Wednesday in room 727 to consider approving some of the governor's appointments.
--Senate Education Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 727 for a public hearing on school flexibility legislation.
--Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Accountability Committee meets at 11:30 a.m. in room 727 to consider legislation to consolidate law enforcement agencies.
--Senate Business and Labor Committee meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday in room 610 to consider right-to-work legislation.
--Senate meets at 11 a.m. Wednesday and House at 9 a.m.

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