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Legislative Summary: 2/17

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

HOUSE

-Approved a bill to provide incentives for production companies that make movies, television shows or commercials in Alabama. Goes to Senate.

-Passed proposed legislation to prohibit convicted sex offenders of living within 2,000 feet of a college or university. Goes to Senate.

-Approved a bill that would require appellate court judges in Alabama to have at least 10 years experience as attorneys. Goes to Senate.

-Passed a bill to require the governor of Alabama to post flight logs for the state airplane and disclose all expenditures from the governor's contingency fund on the Internet. Goes to Senate.

-Congratulated Rep. Elwyn Thomas, R-Oneonta, on his 66th birthday, which is Wednesday.

SENATE

-Approved a bill to increase the penalties for steel coils that fall off trucks. Goes to House.

-Voted to create a state Boxing Commission to regulate boxing. Goes to House.

-Passed a bill to require political candidates to file campaign finance reports with the secretary of state during a primary election even if they don't have opposition. Goes to House.

-Approved a bill to allow the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the House to appoint substitutes to serve in their place on some state boards. Goes to House.

-Passed a bill to require the state treasurer to put state deposits in Alabama banks making the most loans to Alabamians. Goes to House.

COMMITTEES

-Senate Education Committee approved a bill to ban smoking in public places, including bars and restaurants. Goes to Senate.

-Senate Education Committee approved a bill to delay 16-year-olds from getting their driver's licenses if they have repeated discipline problems in school. Goes to Senate.

AGENDA

-Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee meets at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 727 of the Statehouse to consider removing the state sales tax on groceries.

-Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee meets at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 727 to consider a highway construction bill.

-Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Accountability Committee meets at 1 p.m. Wednesday in room 609.

-House Judiciary Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 123 to consider a bill to outlaw the hallucinogenic salvia divinorum.

-House Constitution and Elections Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 603 to consider a bill to make it easier for independent and third party candidates to access the ballot in Alabama.

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

-House Public Safety Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 602.

-House Banking and Insurance Committee meets at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 621.

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

-House Tourism and Travel Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 123 to consider beer to allow sale of some specialty beer with higher alcohol content.

-House Agriculture and Forestry Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 603 to consider bill to increase penalties for cockfighting.

-House Committee on Boards and Commissions meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 601.

-House and Senate meet at 10 a.m. Thursday.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I want to remind you that every indication is that 'Rammer Jammer Alabama' is being made into a movie and it could be made in LSU's stadium or Georgia Tech's stadium. God perish the thought."

- Rep. Mac Gipson, R-Prattville, during debate of a bill to provide incentives to companies that make movies in Alabama.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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