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State and Nation

April 17, 2013

Summary of action in Alabama Legislature

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, the 21st meeting day of the regular session:

HOUSE:

—Gave final approval to bill to transfer the Industrial Development and Training Institute from the Postsecondary Education Department to the Commerce Department. Goes to governor.

—Approved a bill to provide for workers compensation to pay for burial expenses when person dies on job. Goes to Senate.

—Democrats used delaying tactics to avoid considering a bill to require people to register 17 days or more before an election rather than the current 10 days. House adjourned without taking vote on bill.

—Approved a bill to require the Department of Corrections to notify the public when there is an escape. Goes to Senate.

—Approved a bill to allow merchants to find certified inspectors to make sure equipment to weigh and measure is working properly. Goes to Senate.

—Approved a local bill to allow public school teachers and employees in Franklin County to be trained as reserve sheriff's deputies. Goes to Senate.

—Passed a bill to further regulate contingency fees paid to outside attorneys hired by state agencies. Goes to governor.

SENATE:

—Passed a resolution memorializing the late state Sen. Hinton Mitchem, D-Albertville.

—Gave final approvals to bills extending the life of the Alabama Athletic Commission and state Board of Podiatry. Go to governor.

—Passed a bill to expand the ability of nurse practitioners to write prescriptions for pain medications. Goes to House.

—Passed a bill to allow some state boards and legislative committees to have meetings where members participate electronically rather than in person. Goes to House.

COMMITTEES:

—Senate Education Committee held a public hearing on a bill to revise the Alabama Accountability Act, but did not vote.

AGENDA:

—Senate Education Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 727 of the Statehouse to consider Common Core school standards.

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