Summary of action in Alabama Legislature

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Thursday, the 10th meeting day of the regular session:


-Passed a bill to increase the amount of money a public employee
must make to be required to fill out a statement of economic
interest with the Alabama Ethics Commission from $50,000 a year to
$75,000. Goes to Senate.

-Approved legislation that would increase the percent of alcohol
allowed in wine sold in Alabama from 14.9 percent by volume to 16.5
percent. Goes to Senate.

-Delayed action on a bill that would increase the penalties for
truck drivers and owners who do not properly tie down steel coils
on the backs of their trucks.

-Gave final passage to a bill that outlines procedures for the
March 10 special mayor's election in Montgomery. Goes to governor.


-Passed legislation to create a system for alerting the public
when an elderly person is missing. Goes to House.

-Approved a bill to require the state comptroller to maintain a
publicly accessible Internet database of state contracts and
grants. Goes to House.

-Passed a bill for the state Department of Public Health to
collect and analyze information on infections acquired inside
hospitals. Goes to House.


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


"The number one reason is that it has potential revenue for
education." - Sen. Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery, after introducing a
bill to regulate and tax electronic bingo.

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

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