Alabama Legislature - Wednesday, February 11

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday, a committee meeting day:

-Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee discussed the
governor's proposed education budget, but took no action on it.

-Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee approved bills to allow
stronger beers and wines to be sold in Alabama. Go to Senate.

-Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee approved a bill that would allow the city councils in 14 cities to schedule referendums on legalizing Sunday liquor sales. Goes to Senate.

-Senate Health Committee approved a bill to set up an emergency notification system for missing elderly similar to the Amber Alert
program for missing children. Goes to Senate.

-House Judiciary Committee approved a bill to give the Alabama
Ethics Commission subpoena power. Goes to House.

-House Constitution and Elections Committee voted to delay action on proposed legislation to require voters to show government issued photo identification at the polls.

-House Constitution and Elections Committee approved a bill that
spells out a list of offenses that would be considered "crimes of
moral turpitude" and would keep a felon from automatically having
his voting rights restored. Goes to House.

-House Public Safety Committee approved a bill to add further conditions to Alabama's law restricting the actions of drivers under 18-years-old, including making it illegal for them to use cell phones while driving. Goes to House.

-House and Senate meet at 10 a.m. Thursday.
-Lieutenant Governor's Commission on Public-Private Partnerships
meets at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in room 770 of RSA Plaza.

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