Summary of action in Alabama Legislature

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4/17/2012 8:57:58 PM - AP News

A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, the 20th meeting day of the regular session:

HOUSE:

_Paused to hope for the fast recovery of House Minority Leader Craig Ford, who was hospitalized after suffering a detached retina.

_Approved a bill making it a crime to have sexual relations with an animal. Goes to Senate.

_Passed a bill allowing certain precious metals to be stored in Alabama warehouses. Goes to Senate.'

_Approved a bill to allow restaurants to put the cork back on a bottle of wine and send it home with the customer. Goes to the Senate.

_Passed a bill establishing a sales tax holiday for the purchase of items like generators and weather radios needed to prepare for bad weather. Goes to Senate.

_Approved a bill to ban lawsuits against restaurants and other companies claiming the company caused a person to gain weight. Goes to Senate.

_Passed a bill prohibiting inmates from having access to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Goes to Senate.

_Approved a bill removing ectopic pregnancies from the list of procedure that doctors and hospitals have to report as types of pregnancies.

SENATE:

_Delayed consideration of several bills addressing homeowners' insurance issues.

_Approved a heavily amended version of a bill to tie legislators' compensation to the state's median household income. Goes to House.

COMMITTEES:

_Senate Constitution and Elections Committee approved a bill to allow state employees and public school employees to receive gifts worth $25 or less. Goes to Senate.

_Senate Constitution and Elections Committee approved a bill to raise the annual salary level where public employees have to file an annual financial disclosure form from $50,000 to $75,000. Goes to Senate.

_House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee approved a bill to make changes to the state immigration law. Goes to House.

AGENDA:

_Senate Education Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 727 of the Statehouse to consider charter school legislation.

_Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday in room 727 to consider the state education budget.

_Senate Health Committee meets at 11 a.m. Wednesday in room 304 to consider legislation involving abortion-inducing drugs.

_Senate Judiciary Committee holds a public hearing on legislation to revise the state's immigration law at 1 p.m. Wednesday in room 807.

_House Judiciary Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 123 to consider a bill to enhance the penalties for human trafficking.

_House Ways and Means Education Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 627 to consider a bill to offer tax incentives to some tourist attractions.

_House Education Policy Committee meets at 3 p.m. Wednesday to consider a bill to lower the mandatory age for starting to school from 7 to 6.

_House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 123 to consider a proposed constitutional amendment to allow display of the Ten Commandments in public schools.

_House meets at 9 a.m. Thursday and Senate at 10 a.m.