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Summary of Wednesday's action in Alabama Legislature

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday, a committee meeting day:

COMMITTEES
-House Government Appropriations Committee approved a General Fund budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. Goes to House.

-House Government Appropriations Committee approved a bill that would allow the Legislative Building Authority to use land and arrange financing to build legislative chambers and offices at the rear of the Capitol in downtown Montgomery. Goes to House.

-House Government Operations Committee approved a bill that would end the state Public Service Commission's regulation of basic landline phone services for residences and for businesses with four phone lines or less.

-Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee approved education budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. Goes to Senate.

-Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee approved a bill to shore up Alabama's prepaid college tuition plan. Goes to Senate.

-Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee approved a Medicaid funding bill pushed by the Alabama Hospital Association. Goes to Senate.

-Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to expand the number of people who can witness an execution on death row. Goes to Senate.

AGENDA

-Senate Constitution and Elections Committee meets at 9 a.m. Thursday in room 727 of the Statehouse to consider a bill limiting the transfer of money between political action committees.

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

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I'm sure there would be 1,000 lawsuits." - State Schools Superintendent Joe Morton when asked at a Senate budget committee meeting about the possibility of cutting salaries of all education employees in an effort to avoid layoffs.

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


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