Legislative summary 2/12

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


-Passed a campaign finance bill to ban the practice of transferring contributions to candidates from one political action committee to another. Goes to Senate.

-Approved legislation to establish a commission to manage the Alabama Department of Transportation. Goes to Senate.

-Approved a bill to establish a state toll road authority to manage the operation of toll roads and bridges in Alabama. Goes to Senate.

-Passed a bill to require that anyone who runs advertisements about a candidate or an issue in an election disclose the source of funding for the ad. Goes to Senate.

-Approved legislation that would require write-in candidates to comply with provisions of the Fair Campaign Practices Act and the state ethics law. Goes to Senate.

-Delayed action on a bill that would allow Alabama residents to vote up to 40 days before an election with absentee ballots.


-Passed a bill to register and regulate commercial tax preparers. Goes to House.

-Passed a bill to extend by one academic year the time that the families of deceased or disabled veterans have for using the state's educational benefits. Goes to House.

-Passed a bill to provide state insurance coverage for retired physicians who volunteer at free medical clinics. Goes to House.


-House meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday and the Senate at 2.

-Senate Education Committee meets at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Joint Briefing Room at the Statehouse.


-"It's like a floating crap game." - State Rep. Jeff McLaughlin, D-Guntersville, describing how campaign money is moved from one political action committee to another.

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