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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Legislators adjourn after filibusters

Legislation got caught up in filibusters in the Alabama House and Senate on Thursday, with both of those chambers shutting down and adjourning after very little progress.
Members of the black caucus shut down the House because they are upset that they were unable to bring up a bill earlier in the week that would remove the state's 4-cent sales tax from groceries. Republicans voted against bringing up the bill on Tuesday, stating it would be a tax increase on the people they represent because the state would replace the revenue by not allowing people to claim their federal income tax on their state income tax.
State Sen. Phil Poole, D-Tuscaloosa, again shut down the Senate. Poole has shut down the chamber on the several occasions for various reasons. He said the Democratic leadership has misled him and has become involved in local issues in Tuscaloosa County. Poole has also vowed to kill Republican bills since Gov. Bob Riley vetoed money intended for a highway project in his district at the end of the 2007 session.
Both chambers left without passing a statewide bill.
House Speaker Seth Hammett, D-Andalusia, said he had hoped House members would be able to move past the sales tax issue.

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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