Summary of action in Alabama Legislature

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Thursday, the 25th meeting day of the regular session:

HOUSE:

—Passed a bill to make it a crime to harass, injure or assault a police dog. Goes to Senate.

—Passed a bill that would enhance the Good Samaritan Law to include holding harmless any person offering disaster shelter to others if the person seeking shelter suffers an injury. Goes to Senate.

—Passed a bill that would allow counties to supply water to volunteer fire and rescue personnel without cost. Goes to Senate.

—Passed a bill that allows animal control facilities to store mandated annual reports on site, relieving municipalities of that responsibility. Goes to Senate.

-Passed a bill that allows the Funeral Services Board to employ administrative hearings and levy fines for minor infractions by funeral directors. Goes to Senate.

-Passed a bill protecting military personnel living in Alabama from predatory lending practices. Goes to Senate.

SENATE:

—Gave final passage to a bill to lower the fees for burying hazardous wastes at the Emelle landfill. Goes to governor.

—Approved appropriations for Tuskegee University, Lyman Ward Academy and Talladega College. Go to governor.

—Approved a bill providing for nonprofit organizations to operate spay and neuter clinics for pets. Goes to House.

—Approved a bill to change the Medicaid's program structure to regional organizations. Goes to House.

—Delayed action on a bill that would phase out the state sales tax on groceries and increase the sales tax on other purchases.

COMMITTEES:

—House Commerce and Small Business Committee approved a bill giving gun owners new rights to carry guns in their cars and leave them in the cars while at work. Goes to House.

—House Economic Development and Tourism Committee approved a Senate-passed bill to allow a private developer to operate a convention hotel at Gulf State Park. Goes to House.

AGENDA:

—Senate meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday and House meets at 1 p.m.



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