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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  • by James Location: Samson on Apr 2, 2009 at 08:42 PM
    I humbly request our elected Senators and Representative to vote no on the electronic bingo bill. We do not need any more gambling in alabama. Just tax what we already have. Just look at the other states that allow gambling. More crime which requires more law enforcement. Gambling only hurts those who are not able to play. No wonder our nation have gone to the dogs. we approve anything that is evil. But just let someone mention praying in school or placing a religious monument on a tax payers property and this is ilegal according to our federal judges who will face God with every thing that they do wrong just like I will. There is coming a day and I believe it won't be long until God will hold everyone accountable for everything that they do wrong. It is appointed unto man once to die but then comes the judgement.
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