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April 20, 2012

Session Updates


-Passed a bill establishing a sales tax holiday for the purchase of items like generators and weather radios needed to prepare for bad weather. Goes to Senate.

-Approved a bill to allow restaurants to put the cork back on a bottle of wine and send it home with the customer. Goes to the Senate.

“Made Me Fat” lawsuits are banned under a bill passed in the House that would prohibit lawsuits against restaurants or grocery stores that blame the merchants of providing the food that caused a person to gain weight. The House voted 70-16 for the bill and it has gone to the Senate.

-Passed a bill prohibiting inmates from having access to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Goes to Senate.

-Approved a bill making it a crime to have sexual relations with an animal. Goes to Senate.

-Passed a bill allowing certain precious metals to be stored in Alabama warehouses. Goes to Senate.’

-A House committee approved an 83-page bill making substantial changes to the state’s immigration law, but not before adding revisions to the legislation and debating the possibility that it will lead to racial profiling.  The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee voted 6-3 to approve the bill.

-House Education Policy Committee passed a Senate -passed bill that would move the mandatory age for students to attend school from 7 to 6-years-old. Goes to House.


-Filibustered several bills addressing homeowners’ insurance issues.

-Approved an amended version of a bill to tie legislators’ compensation to the state’s median household income. Goes to House.
-Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee approved a state education budget. Goes to Senate.

-The Senate Education Committee amended that chamber’s charter school bill to require more stringent reporting requirements. Goes to full Senate.

-The Senate Health Committee approved a measure to require the “morning after pill” be administered in the presence of a physician. Goes before full Senate.

-The Senate Health Committee OK’d a proposal to allow limited sales of baked goods, canned jellies and jams and dried herbs from home businesses. Goes to full Senate.

-Senate Constitution and Elections Committee approved a bill to raise the annual salary level where public employees have to file an annual financial disclosure form from $50,000 to $75,000. Goes to Senate.

-House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee approved a bill to make changes to the state immigration law. Goes to House.



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