- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, the opening day of the 2014 session:

HOUSE:

-Met briefly to handle routine opening day business.

-Joined with the Senate for the governor’s State of the State address.

SENATE:

-Saw Sen. Robert Bedford, a big Alabama, fan put on an orange cap shaped like an eagle because he lost a bet on the Iron Bowl with Sen. Del Marsh, a big Auburn fan.

-Took longer than usual to handle routine opening day business because Sen. Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, slowed down action to protest a proposal to make changes in the water system in Jefferson County.

AGENDA:

-Senate Education Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 727 of the Statehouse to consider a bill saying the state Department of Education does not regulate private schools.

-House Constitution, Campaign and Elections Committee meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday in room 123 to consider a bill designed to make sure absentee ballots get to Alabama military serving overseas.

-House Ways and Means-Education Committee meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday in room 617 to consider legislation providing a tax credit to encourage adoptions of foster children.

-House State Government Committee meets at 3 p.m. Wednesday in room 428 to consider tax-related bills pushed by the House Republican Caucus.

-Senate Constitution and Elections Committee meets at noon Wednesday in room 320 to consider a bill restricting former legislators from lobbying Legislature for two years after leaving office.

-House meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday and Senate at 4 p.m.

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