The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

April 17, 2013

Summary of action in Alabama Legislature


Associated Press

— 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.

—Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee meets at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 727.

—Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee meets at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 727.

—Senate Health Committee meets at noon Wednesday in room 304 to consider a bill to restructure the state Medicaid program.

—Senate Judiciary Committee meets at 1 p.m. Wednesday in room 325 to consider school bus safety legislation.

—House Ways and Means General Fund Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. in room 617 to consider a General Fund budget to fund non-education agencies.

—House Judiciary Committee meets at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday in room 123 to consider a bill to have all death penalty appeals go directly to the Alabama Supreme Court rather than to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.

—House Education Policy Committee meets at 3 p.m. Wednesday in room 418 to consider a bill to allow home schooled students to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities in public schools.

—House and Senate meet at 9 a.m. Thursday.