Summary of the day's action in the Alabama Legislature

In the House:

-Vote failed to bring up for debate a bill to remove the state 4 percent sales tax from food purchases.

-Members of Black Caucus used stalling tactics to prevent action on other bills to protest failure to bring up bill to remove the state sales tax from groceries.

-Held a ceremony honoring members of the Butler High School in Huntsville boys basketball team, that won the Alabama 5A state

-Passed a resolution requiring the governor to give the Legislature reports on the spending of federal stimulus funds. Goes to Senate.

In the Senate:

-Approved a bill requiring training, testing and licensing for mortgage loan originators. Goes to House.

-Delayed a final vote on an anti-smoking bill after adding amendments opposed by the sponsor.

-Delayed consideration of a bill that would allow voters in small towns in dry counties to vote to legalize liquor sales.

In the Committees:

-Contract Review Committee allowed the governor to proceed with a
$250,000 contract for attorneys to help the Governor's Task Force
on Illegal Gambling.

-Legislative Council blocked a plan to allow furloughs of state employees.

"They have to buy something that fills the tummy rather than buying something that is good for the arteries and prevents hypertension." - House Speaker Pro Tem Demetrius Newton, D-Birmingham, talking about effect of high price of groceries on poor people during discussion of a bill to remove state 4 percent sales tax from groceries.

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

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