- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, the 28th meeting day of the regular session:


-Gave final approval to a $1.8 billion General Fund budget for next fiscal year. Goes to governor.

-Debated, but did not vote on, a wind farm regulation bill.

- Gave final approval to a bill that would allow people who were accused, but not convicted, of certain non-violent crimes to apply to have their arrest records expunged. Goes to governor.


-Paused to remember former Alabama Sen. Jeremiah Denton, who died Friday.

-Gave final approval to a bill to encourage adoptions by providing a one-time state tax credit of $1,000. Goes to governor.

-Gave final approval to a bill allowing the state Revenue Department to suspend the collection of any tax where the cost of collection exceeds the revenue generated for three years. Goes to governor.

-Approved a $5.9 billion education budget that increases funding for education employees’ health insurance but provides no cost-of-living raise. Goes to House.


-Senate Health Committee approved three abortion regulatory bills, including one banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Go to Senate.


-House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee meets at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 418 for a public hearing on a bill that would allow people to carry handguns in their cars without having to get a concealed carry permit.

-House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections meets at 11 a.m. in room 123 on a constitutional amendment to grant counties limited home rule.

-Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee meets at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 727 of the Statehouse.

-Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee meets at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 727.

-Senate meets at 1 p.m. Wednesday and House at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

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