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Summary of action in Alabama Legislature


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

HOUSE:

—Approved a bill to increase penalties for Medicaid fraud. Goes to the Senate.

—Congratulated the University of Alabama women's golf team for winning the 2012 national championship.

—Passed a bill to allow Alabama to form a compact with other states on medical issues. Goes to Senate.

SENATE:

—Approved a bill to permit posthumous pardons for the Scottsboro Boys. Goes to House.

—Passed a resolution to add two members to the Legislature's Constitution Revision Commission to allow for more racial diversity on the largely white panel. Goes to House.

—Blocked a vote on a resolution urging the governor to reconsider his decision not to expand the Medicaid program to 300,000 Alabamians.

—Passed a bill to give new authority to the state school board to permit the state school superintendent to take over the operation of city and county school systems with persistently failing schools. Goes to House.

—Passed a bill to require teens under 19 to pass a written test to drive a motorcycle. Goes to House.

—Passed a bill to apply Alabama's vehicular homicide law to drunken boat drivers in the same way it applies to drunken car drivers who cause fatal wrecks. Goes to House.

AGENDA:

—House and Senate meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday.