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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

29th Legislative Day Rundown/Looking Ahead to Sine Die

On the next to last legislative day of the 2010 session lawmakers were fairly productive. And in a reversal of roles, the House spent much of the day mired in controversial bills while the Senate moved bills fairly quickly and closed up shop early.

In case you missed it:

Bingo bill is essentially dead for the session -- at least that's what the House sponsor, state Rep. Marcel Black, D-Tuscumbia, said Thursday. Black said the bill was short the 63 it needed to pass, so he decided to have it carried over about 30 minutes before the House went into session Thursday. See Markeshia Ricks' story Thursday's Montgomery Advertiser for the whole story.

Billion dollar road bill finally gets the all clear. The bill, if approved by Alabama voters (that would be you reader if you're registered to vote here) would take $100 million out of the Alabama Trust Fund (state oil and gas trust fund) over the next 10 years. See Sebastian Kitchen's story in Thursday's Montgomery Advertiser for more information.

PACT conference committee report finally concurred upon by the House. But many legislators that represent two-year colleges and any other university besides Auburn and the University of Alabama are not amused.

On tap for the 30th and final day: The House a list of 30 Senate bills that it has proposed to take up before it adjourns sine die.

Some highlights:

-- Sen. Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery, SB518, entertainment district bill for class 1, 2 and 3 municipalities

-- Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, SB 211, increase of penalties for driving under the influence with a cancelled, suspended or revoked driver's license.

-- Sen. Ted Little, D-Auburn, SB194, establish the Alabama Public Interest Energy Research and Development Grants Program, a commission for the program and a permanent joint legislative committee on energy policy.

Other things to watch on the last day:

-- 2010 Shroud Award recipient for the lawmaker who introduces the deadest bill of the session.

-- Speaker of the House Seth Hammett's last hurrah.

-- posted by Markeshia Ricks

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