Summary of action in Alabama Legislature

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A summary of action at the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, the 26th meeting day of the regular session:

HOUSE:

—Passed a proposed constitutional amendment requiring state courts to review gun control laws under the strict scrutiny standard. Goes to Senate.

—Passed a bill providing that no school, public or private, has to accept a student who wants to transfer from a failing school under the new Alabama Accountability Act. Goes to Senate.

—Passed a bill to issue up to $30 million in bonds to repair and replace public schools damaged by tornadoes in 2011 and 2012. Goes to Senate.

SENATE:

—Passed a bill aimed at challenging federal gun control laws. Goes to House.

—Passed a bill to allow city and county school systems to hire armed security officers. Goes to House.

—Delayed consideration of a bill to increase the penalties for possessing gambling machines.

—Passed a bill to clarify property tax breaks for some senior citizens. Goes to House.

—Passed a bill to lower the spending threshold for when a politician becomes an official candidate for state office. Goes to House.

COMMITTEES:

—House Health Committee approved a bill to restructure the state Medicaid program. Goes to House.

AGENDA:

—House Ways and Means-Education Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 617 of the Statehouse to consider a bill to alter the membership of the board that oversees state educators' pensions.

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

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

—Senate Judiciary Committee meets at 1 p.m. Wednesday in room 325 to consider drunken driving legislation.

—House Judiciary Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 123 to consider immunity for firefighters and paramedics.

—House meets at 9:30 a.m. Thursday and Senate at 10 a.m.



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