Summary of the day's action in the Alabama Legislature

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -
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
championship.

-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.

A.P. QUOTE OF THE DAY
"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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