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March 16, 2012

Session Updates

HOUSE:

-Debated and passed on a 101-1 vote a bill that requires that certain medications, like Sudafed, be sold only in licensed pharmacies. In the effort to control the manufacture of meth, the drugs would no longer be available at retail shops and convenience stores under the proposal.
 
-Passed a measure to ban school bus drivers from using mobile phones in any capacity while driving, except in an emergency. Goes to Senate.

-Approved a bill to allow cities to create entertainment districts where citizens can drink from open containers. Goes to Senate.

-Gave final approval to a bill to allow for the training of replacement poll workers in the event one falls ill or cannot perform his or her duties. Goes to governor.

-Approved a bill to have the state take up payments of health insurance premiums for families of state workers killed in the line of duty. Goes to Senate.

-Passed bills rewriting articles of Alabama’s 1901 Constitution relating to banking and private corporations. It’s part of an effort by the sponsor, Rep. Paul DeMarco, R-Homewood, and other lawmakers to rewrite the Constitution article by article. Go to Senate.

-Passed a bill that rewrites the state’s 27-year-old law concerning computer crimes to update it to today’s digital environment. Goes to Senate.


SENATE:

-Passed routine bills (Sunset Bills) to extend the existence of several state boards. Goes to House.

-Voted to continue the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board until Oct. 1, 2012. The ABC board was set to expire this year. Goes to House.

-Dozens of bills got their first reading in the Senate this week.

- Confirmed the appointment of Autauga County farmer and businessman Jimmy Sanford to the Auburn University Board of Trustees.

-Approved a joint resolution to honor Alabama native Octavia Spencer for winning the Academy Award for best supporting actress.

-Welcomed back Republican Sen. Harri Anne Smith of Slocomb after her acquittal last week in Alabama’s gambling corruption trial.

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