Alabama Legislature - Thursday Feb. 5th

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama
Legislature on Thursday, the second meeting day of the regular
session:

HOUSE
-Passed a resolution mourning the death of Habitat for Humanity
founder Millard Fuller, an Alabama native.
-Held a moment of silence to mourn the death of Thomas Corts,
former Samford University president.
SENATE
-Elected Rodger Smitherman to be president pro tem, replacing
Hinton Mitchem.
-Changed two committee chairmen. Smitherman stepped down as
chairman of the Judiciary Committee and was replaced by Myron Penn.
Penn resigned as chairman of the Confirmations Committee and was
replaced by Mitchem.

COMMITTEES
-House Public Safety Committee approved a bill to prohibit text
messaging while driving. Goes to House.
-House Public Safety Committee killed a bill to prohibit the use
of hand-held cell phones while driving.
-House Public Safety Committee approved a bill to require repeat
drunken driving offenders to install devices on their cars to test
their alcohol levels before their cars will start. Goes to House.
-House Education Appropriations Committee approved a bill to
remove the 4 percent state sales tax on groceries. Goes to House.
-House Education Appropriations Committee approved proposed
legislation to provide exemptions on sales, use and lodging taxes
for companies that make movies and other productions in Alabama.
Goes to House.
-House Government Operations Committee approved a bill to
establish a commission to manage the Alabama Department of
Transportation. Goes to House.
-House Judiciary Committee approved a bill to make it a crime to
elude a law enforcement officer. Goes to House.
-House Judiciary Committee approved proposed legislation to
require judges in Alabama to have experience as an attorney. Goes
to House.
-Senate Governmental Affairs Committee approved a bill to
regulate commercial tax preparers. Goes to Senate.
-Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee approved a
bill to allow state employees to get paid for unused annual leave
in excess of 60 days rather than losing it. Goes to Senate.

AGENDA
-House meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday and Senate at 2 p.m.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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