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March 9, 2012

Session Updates

HOUSE:

On Tuesday, a bill regulating the licensing, education and requirements to be a private investigator passed out of the House Governmental Affairs Committee. “HB80 will for the first time provide licensure for private investigators in Alabama,” said the bill’s sponsor Rep. Dr. Jim McClendon (R-Springville).

The House worked off of a ten minute calendar on Thursday, passing a number of non-controversial bills which have now gone to the Senate.

-Approved a bill that would provide tax credits to businesses that invest in or locate in low income or impoverished areas.

-Passed a bill that requires a victim or the victim’s family to be notified before the defendant is given youthful offender status in a case involving death or serious injury to the victim.

-Approved a bill that would allow Alabama National Guard members to pay in-state tuition when attending state colleges.

-Passed a bill that allows active or retired military service members to visit Alabama state parks free of charge on state or federal holidays.

-Debated, but did not vote on a bill to make it a crime to fail to report the death of a child or that a child is missing.

-HB238 passed the House on a unanimous vote.  The Bill doubles the distance from which protesters can demonstrate at funerals.  The bill would move protesters 1,000 feet away from funeral sites, up from 500 feet.  The sponsor, Rep. Duwayne Bridges said the bill was inspired by the activities of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., which sends protesters to funerals of military personnel and others.


SENATE:

- Democrats blocked a vote on Tuesday on a bill that would provide public school teachers with $300 per year to purchase school supplies, saying the amount was not enough.  A vote was taken on Thursday and passed.  Goes to the House
-Began debating bills on whether to continue certain state agencies and boards. Voted to continue the Public Service Commission. Goes to House.

-Senate Constitution, Campaign Finance, Ethics and Elections Committee approved a proposed constitutional amendment to authorize the Ten Commandments to be displayed on state property and at public schools. Goes to Senate.

—Senate Confirmation Committee approved the nomination of Jimmy Sanford to serve on Auburn University Board of Trustees. Goes to Senate for confirmation.

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