The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

April 2, 2014

Common Core repeal, wiretapping among dead bills

ONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A repeal of the Common Core curriculum standards and a cap on payday loan interest rates are among the legislative proposals that are dead for the session.

With just two days remaining in the 2014 regular legislative session, time has run out for many of the 1,103 bills introduced.

Legislative proposals that have not passed at least one chamber are dead for session. Lawmakers will meet Wednesday night and plan to wrap up the session Thursday.

Notable bills that didn't make it this session include:

WIRE TAPPING — A bill to give state law enforcement the power to do wiretaps during murder, drug and other certain investigations fell flat among lawmakers. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange made the bill one of his legislative priorities, but it never got voted out of committee. Strange said in January that Alabama is one of only seven states where state law enforcement cannot conduct wire taps.

COMMON CORE REPEAL — A Senate bill to repeal, or at least let local school boards opt out of, the Common Core curriculum standards did not get a floor vote after hitting opposition in the Alabama Senate.

MIDWIFERY — A bill that would allow non-nurse midwives to assist with home births did not get out of committee again this year. Women seeking to be able to deliver their babies at home have been pushing the change for several years without success.

PAYDAY LOAN INTEREST CAP— A proposed new cap on the amount of interest that can be charged by payday lenders failed to get out of committee. However, advocates came back with a watered-down bill that would create a state database to enforce the state's existing $500 limit on how much people can borrow at one time. The database bill is still alive with two session days remaining.

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