Alabama GOP's agenda on legislative fast track

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The new Republican majority in the Alabama Legislature has put most of its agenda on the fast track.

Wednesday was the first day legislative committees could consider bills.

Committees approved GOP bills that would allow Alabamians to opt out of the federal health care law and require voters to show photo IDs at the polls.

They also passed legislation to prevent midyear budget cuts to public schools by changing the way the Legislature writes the state education budget.

The sponsor of an Arizona-style immigration bill, Republican Representative Micky Hammon, delayed a committee vote on his bill because he's making changes to address concerns raised by businesses and others. He says the bill could come up for a vote
next week.

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