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Summary of action in Alabama Legislature

MONTGOMERY — A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, the 13th meeting day of the 2009 regular session:

HOUSE

—Vote failed to bring up for debate a bill to remove the state 4 percent sales tax from food purchases.

—Members of black caucus used stalling tactics to delay action on other bills to protest defeat of bill to remove sales tax from groceries.

SENATE

—Approved Birmingham businessman Raymond J. Harbert as an Auburn University trustee.

—Passed a resolution commending Paul Hubbert on his 40th anniversary as executive secretary of the Alabama Education Association.

—Approved Elizabeth Watts of Florence as a trustee for the University of North Alabama.

AGENDA

—Senate Education Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 727 of the Statehouse for a public hearing on a bill prohibiting school students from wearing clothes that expose their underwear.

—Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 609 to consider bingo legislation.

—Senate Finance and Taxation Committee meets at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 727.

—Senate Judiciary Committee meets at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 727.

—House Government Operations Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 622 to consider a bill to ban novelty cigarette lighters in Alabama.

—House Public Safety Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 602 to consider a bill to require drivers and riders to wear helmets on certain vehicles including bicycles, motorized tricycles and motorized scooters.

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

—House Constitution and Elections Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 603 to consider a bill to allow overseas military voters to cast ballots over the Internet.

—House Education Appropriations Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 617.

—House Health Committee meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Joint Briefing Room.

—House Committee on Boards and Commissions meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 601 to consider bill to regulate tax preparers.

—House Committee on County and Municipal Government meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 622.

—House Education Policy Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 602.

—House Agriculture and Forestry Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 603.

—Senate meets at 9:45 a.m. Thursday and House at 10 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Look into your hearts and consider the least of these.” — House Majority Leader Ken Guin, D-Carbon Hill, urging House members to vote for a bill to remove the state 4 percent sales tax from groceries.