A summary of action from the Alabama Legislature yesterday
Published 11:14 pm Tuesday, February 24, 2009
A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, the seventh meeting day of the regular session:
Approved a bill that says Alabama’s oil and gas severance tax will be based on gross proceeds from the sale of the oil or gas. Goes to Senate.
Passed a bill that says a person can be charged with using a computer to lure a child for sexual purposes even if the child was actually an undercover police officer. Approved another bill that allows police to confiscate the computer in such crimes. Go to Senate.
Approved a bill that allows probate judges to redact social security numbers and birth dates from official records that are published on the Internet. Goes to Senate.
Approved legislation to prevent inmates from profiting from their crimes through the sale of certain art work or literature. Goes to Senate.
Gave final approval to bills to continue the existence of five state regulatory boards, including the Board of Nursing and Board of Funeral Service. Go to governor.
Senate Governmental Affairs Committee approved a bill to make it illegal to write or read text messages while driving. Goes to Senate.
Senate Governmental Affairs Committee approved four bills to crack down on illegal immigrants and the businesses that hire them. Go to Senate.
Senate Education Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 727 of the Statehouse to consider a bill raising the school dropout age.
Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee meets at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 727 to consider legislation removing the sales tax on groceries.
Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee meets at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 727.
Senate Judiciary Committee meets Wednesday in room 727 following the Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee to consider a bill expanding Alabama’s death penalty law.
Senate Confirmations Committee meets at noon Wednesday in room 727.
House Education Appropriations Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 617.
House Public Safety Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 602 to consider a Senate-passed bill to increase penalties for failure to properly tie down steel coils being hauled on trucks.
House Constitution and Elections Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 603.
House Judiciary Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 123 to consider a bill that rewrites the state ethics law.
House Health Committee meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Joint Briefing Room.
House Tourism and Travel Committee meets at 1 p.m. Wednesday in room 123.
House Agriculture and Forestry Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 123.
House Government Appropriations Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 617.
House Committee on Boards and Commissions meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 601.
House Committee on County and Municipal Government meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 622.
House Banking and Insurance Committee meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday in room 621.
House Commerce Committee meets at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 621.
House and Senate meet at 10 a.m. Thursday.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“We’re all of the opinion it’s dangerous to be text messaging while you are driving.” — Sen. Wendell Mitchell, D-Luverne.