The House Judiciary Committee has approved a bill to exclude those charged with the most serious crimes from having their cases settled under youthful offender status.
State Rep. Phil Williams of Huntsville is sponsoring the bill. It passed the committee Wednesday and would exclude those charged with Class A felonies from youthful offender status.
Youthful offender status means young people, usually younger than 21, can in most cases keep their convictions secret.
The Alabama Senate has voted to consolidate the information technology operations of all state agencies under a board that could outsource services.