Politics & Government
6:55 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Legislative Overview for Thursday

A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday, the fifth meeting day of the regular session:

HOUSE:

—Approved a $1,000 tax credit for Alabamians who adopt a child from Alabama. Goes to Senate.

—Approved a bill clarifying that the state's sovereign immunity from lawsuits applies to teachers and state employees when they are carrying out their official duties. Goes to Senate.

SENATE:

—Approved the governor's appointees to some state boards.

—Debated, but did not vote on, a bill to expunge some criminal court records.

—Approved a bill to restructure how the Legislature hires and supervises its staff. Goes to House.

—Approved a bill setting up a new procedure for the Legislature to approve or reject regulations proposed by state agencies. Goes to House.

COMMITTEES:

—Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Accountability Committee approved four bills to strengthen the regulations for getting welfare. Go to Senate.

—Senate Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure Committee approved a bill to end the handling of telephone complaints by the state's utility regulatory board. Goes to Senate.

—Senate Judiciary Committee approved bills to expand the crimes covered by Alabama's death penalty law and to speed up executions by changing the appeal process. Go to Senate.

—House Judiciary Committee approved bills to expand the crimes covered by Alabama's death penalty law and to speed up executions by changing the appeal process. Go to House.

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