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Summary of action in Alabama Legislature

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama
Legislature today, the 27th meeting day of the regular session:

HOUSE

-Refused to go along with the Senate's changes to the state
General Fund budget and sent it to a conference committee to work
out differences.

-Passed a bill that would allow the construction of a hotel and
convention center at the state park in Gulf Shores. Goes to Senate.

-Passed a bill that takes $150 million out of the state's
savings account for natural gas revenue and use it to pay tuition
for students enrolled in the state's Prepaid Affordable College
Tuititon Program. Goes to Senate.

-Approved a bill that would require that all public elementary
school children receive physical reducation classes every day. Goes
to Senate.

-Passed a bill requiring that the original price for sporting
and entertainment events be included on the ticket and making it a
crime to forge tickets. Goes to Senate.

-Approved a bill requiring the state Health Department to
provide information ab out the human papilloma virus to parents and
guardians of sixth grade female students. Goes to Senate.
SENATE

-Failed to override the governor's veto of a bill that would
allow small towns in dry counties to legalize liquor sales, but
agreed to reconsider the issue later.

-Gave final approval to a bill to stiffen penalties for
violations at the Port of Mobile. Goes to governor.

-Discussed but took no vote on a resolution that would create a
commission to study Alabama's prepaid college tuition plan.

COMMITTEES

-Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to expand Alabama's
hate crimes law to include offenses involving sexual orientation.
Goes to Senate.

AGENDA

-Senate meets at 10 a.m. Thursday.

-Legislature's Contract Review Committee meets at 9 a.m.
Thursday in the Joint Briefing Room.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I'm afraid that swine flu has found its way into the
Legislature after looking at this budget." - Rep. Jay Love,
R-Montgomery, discussing special projects added into the General
Fund budget by the Senate.

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


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