AL legislature busy tackling controversial bills

Updated: Apr. 18, 2017 at 11:11 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama lawmakers tackled the gambit Tuesday with various pieces of legislation from civics tests to the death penalty.

In the House, representatives passed a bill that would require public high school seniors to take the U.S. citizenship test before graduation. Supporters of the legislation hope requiring the test will improve basic civics knowledge.

The bill would make the test a requirement in order to graduate. However, an administrator could grant an exception if the student is passing government. With the bill passing the House, it will now move to the governor's desk.

House lawmakers also passed a bill which would allow fantasy gaming, such as FanDuel and DraftKings. The bill died in the 2016 session without much movement.

The house also passed a bill that would bring back the historical tax credit.

In the Senate, there was a considerable amount of controversial legislation. Most bills had to be passed with cloture votes, a move that ends filibusters.

The top bill on the agenda was the permitless carry bill which would allow for the concealed carry of firearms without a permit. The bill only passed after lawmakers cut off a Democratic filibuster. It will now move on to the House.

Also up for debate was a bill that would add to the potential options for putting someone on death row to death. The bill would allow inmates to choose to be put to death by nitrogen gas. Democrats protested the bills, calling it a re-branding effort by Republicans.

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