Politics & Government
5:33 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Legislative Overview for Thursday

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Summary of action in Alabama Legislature on Wednesday, the second meeting day of the legislative session:

HOUSE:

—Met briefly for procedural business.

—Held a moment of silence to remember the late Rep. Demetrius Newton, D-Birmingham.

SENATE:

—Approved William Wynne to keep serving on the state parole board.

COMMITTEES:

—House Health Committee approved a bill that would let health care workers object in writing to abortions, embryonic stem cell research, cloning research and sterilization procedures. Goes to House.

—Senate Constitution and Elections Committee approved a bill to limit lobbying by former legislators. Goes to Senate.

—Senate Constitution and Elections Committee approved a bill to make election law changes designed to make sure absentee ballots are counted from military and other Alabamians living overseas. Goes to Senate.

—Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee approved the sale of bonds to help school systems switch from paper textbooks to digital textbooks. Goes to Senate. panel that writes tax policy approved a $1,000 tax credit for certain adoptions and a plan to make it for some small businesses to bypass estimated sales tax payments, instead allowing them to wait and make payments based on actual revenues.

—House Ways and Means Committee approved a $1,000 tax credit for certain adoptions and a plan to make it easier for some small businesses to bypass estimated sales tax payments, instead allowing them to wait and make payments based on actual revenues. Goes to House.

AGENDA:

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