Summary of action in Alabama Legislature

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, the 18th meeting day of the regular session:

HOUSE

-Passed a bill to establish teams to review deaths related to domestic violence and study ways to prevent similar incidents in the future. Goes to Senate.

-Approved a bill making the manatee the official state marine mammal. Goes to Senate.

-Action stalled due to protests by Black Caucus members protesting failed attempts to bring up for debate bill to remove state sales tax on food and by Republicans upset that their bills are not making it to the work agenda in the House.

-Observed a moment of silence for shooting victims in Lauderdale County, where a man is suspected of the fatal shooting of four family members before taking his own life.

-Passed a resolution congratulating the University of Alabama women's gynastics team for winning the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

-Passed a resolution congratulating the Auburn University mascot, Aubie, for winning a national competition of college mascots and pointed out that Rep. Barry Mask, R-Wetumpka, was the origianal Aubie.

SENATE

-Joined the House in creating a conference committee to work out differences between the House and Senate over how to word a resolution saying Alabama wants all federal stimulus money that's available for unemployment benefits.

-Passed a resolution urging the Centers for Disease Control to award a grant to the state health department to perform colorectal cancer screenings. Goes to House.

-Delayed consideration of a phone deregulation bill.

-Passed several "local bills" affecting one county each.

COMMITTEES

-Senate Governmental Affairs Committee passed a bill that would allow county commissions and city councils to remove local sales taxes on groceries. Goes to Senate.

AGENDA

-House Public Safety Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 602 at the Alabama Statehouse to consider a bill to allow a police officer to impound a vehicle after an accident or after making a stop for a moving violation if the owner can't produce proof of insurance and registration.

-House Constitution and Elections Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 603 at the Alabama Statehouse to consider a bill to authorize voter registration over the Internet.

-House Judiciary Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 123 to consider a bill to legalize use of marijuana for medical purposes.

-House Education Appropriations Committee and Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the House Chamber to receive briefing on education budget and federal stimulus money.

-House Government Operations Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 622.

-House Commerce Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 621.

-House Banking and Insurance Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 621 to consider a bill to prohibit under certain conditions foreclosure proceedings on the homes of active military personnel killed overseas.

-House Committee on County and Municipal Government meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 622 to consider a bill that would prevent county sheriffs from keeping unspent money that was allocated for feeding prisoners.

-Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 727.

-Senate Judiciary Committee meets immediately after Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee in room 727 to consider death penalty legislation.

-Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Accountability Committee meets
at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday in room 609 to consider legislation on no-bid contracts.

-House and Senate meet at 10 a.m. Thursday.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Some want to filibuster. Some want to vote 'no' and it looks like nobody wants to do much of anything." - Speaker Seth Hammett, D-Andalusia, complaining about protests by Republicans and the Black Caucus that stalled action in the House.

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