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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday, the 12th meeting day of the regular session:

HOUSE:

Passed a bill designed to protect jobs at the Walgreens Customer Care Center in Muscle Shoals. Goes to Senate.

Passed a measure to ban school bus drivers from using mobile phones in any capacity while driving, except in an emergency. Goes to Senate.

Approved a bill to allow cities to create entertainment districts where citizens can drink from open containers. Goes to Senate.

Gave final approval to a bill to allow for the training of replacement poll workers in the event one falls ill or cannot perform his or her duties. Goes to governor.

Approved a bill to have the state take up payments of health insurance premiums for families of state workers killed in the line of duty. Goes to Senate.

SENATE:

Passed routine bills to extend the existence of several state boards. Go to House.

Welcomed back Republican Sen. Harri Anne Smith of Slocomb after her acquittal last week in Alabama's gambling corruption trial.

COMMITTEES:

House and Senate Constitution and Elections committees postponed consideration of bills to restructure legislators' compensation.

AGENDA:

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

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