Legislative Summary - 4/9

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Thursday, the 19th meeting day of the regular session:


-Passed a bill to allow family members of military personnel killed in the line of duty to buy special car tags. Goes to Senate.

-Approved a bill to set up an office in the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to control and improve transportation on Alabama's waterways. Goes to Senate.

-Approved proposed legislation to exempt emergency rescue vehicles from Alabama's motor fuel tax and from motor vehicle taxes and license fees. Goes to Senate.

-Joined the Senate in honoring members and coaches of the Talladega College men's and women's basketball teams. The men's team won the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament.

-Joined the Senate in honoring members of the Leeds High School boys' basketball team that won the state 3A tournament.


-Passed a bill to complete deregulating pricing in the landline phone business. Goes to House.

-Passed a bill to take "mental retardation" out of the title of the state Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Goes to House.

-Passed a bill to expand allow more witnesses at an execution from the victim's side and the condemned inmate's side. Goes to House.

-Passed a bill to increase the cost of a driver's license. Goes to House.

-Passed a revised resolution saying Alabama would like all money

available from the federal stimulus package, including all unemployment compensation money. Goes to House.

-Approved the governor's suggested changes to a bill setting up a new state program for home mortgages. Goes to House.


-House Constitution and Elections Committee approved revised bill to allow Alabama voters overseas, including military personnel, to cast ballots over the Internet. Goes to House.


-House and Senate meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday.


"They are going to raise your bill as high as they want to raise it." - Sen. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, opposing a phone deregulation bill.

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