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Legislative Summary - 2/25

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday, a committee meeting day:

COMMITTEES

-Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee held a public hearing on a bill to phase out the state sales tax on groceries and will vote on the bill March 4.

-Senate Education Committee approved a bill to raise Alabama's dropout age from 16 to 17. Goes to Senate.

-Senate Education Committee passed a bill to prohibit credit card companies from soliciting students on college campuses to get credit cards. Goes to Senate.

-Senate Education Committee approved a bill to put automated external defibrillators in all public schools. Goes to Senate.

-Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill to expand Alabama's capital punishment law to cover the killing of anyone 78 or older without the commission of a second crime that is normally necessary to trigger the capital punishment law. Goes to Senate.

-Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to increase the penalties for motorists who flee police officers. Goes to Senate.

-Senate Banking and Insurance Committee approved a bill to increase the time before a lender can foreclose on a home for not paying the mortgage. Goes to Senate.

-The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would require legislators and other state officials to receive ethics training and would make it easier for the Alabama Ethics Commission

to initiate its own ethics investigations. Goes to House.

-The House Committee on Boards and Commissions delayed action of a Senate-passed bill to place regulations on tax preparers.

-The House Education Appropriations Committee delayed action on a bill to place Alabama Democratic Conference Chairman Joe Reed's name back on the Alabama State University Acadome.

-The House Education Appropriations Committee approved a bill to require public schools to create a policy to prevents students from being harassed by other students. Goes to House.

AGENDA

-Senate Commerce, Transportation and Utilities Commission meets at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the Joint Briefing Room at the Statehouse to consider a phone deregulation bill.

-Senate Health Committee meets at 9 a.m. Thursday in room 727.

-Senate Small Business Committee meets at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in room 609A to consider establishing an interior design board.

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

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"This bill cuts into scarce funding for schools." - Kimble Forrister, executive director of Alabama Arise, criticizing a bill to phase out the state sales tax on groceries.

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