- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - It will be a busy day for committees in the Alabama Legislature.

The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday morning will hold a public hearing on a bill to repeal the Common Core curriculum standards. The House Ways and Means Education Committee will also consider changes to a state program that provides scholarships to help some families pay for private school.

Other committees will consider proposals to: allow homeschooled students to play on public high school athletic teams; mandate the creation of a state database to enforce existing limits on payday loans; and to allow people to carry handguns in cars without a concealed carry permit.

Lawmakers will begin budget hearings in the afternoon.

The heads of the state prisons, Medicaid and mental health departments will give presentations to lawmakers.

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