- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday, a committee day of the regular session:

- House Internal Affairs Committee approved an amended legislative reorganizational bill. Goes to House.

-House Ways and Means Education Committee approved a new version of the education budget that does not include a bonus for education employees. Goes to House.

- House State Government Committee approved a series of bills putting new restrictions and requirements on welfare recipients. Goes to House.

-House Commerce and Small Business Committee held a public hearing on a bill seeking an increase in the Alabama minimum wage.

-House Health Committee killed a bill restricting smoking in some businesses.

- Senate Health Committee approved a bill to extend the mandatory waiting period before an abortion from 24 to 48 hours. Goes to Senate.

-Senate Health Committee held a public hearing, but did not vote, on three other abortion restriction bills, including a bill to ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

-Senate Health Committee approved a bill to allow trained volunteers who are school employees to administer insulin to students with diabetes. Goes to Senate.

- Senate Constitution and Elections Committee delayed action on proposed constitutional amendments that would rewrite four articles on the Alabama Constitution.

-Senate Education Committee approved a bill to let local school systems opt out of Common Core school standards. Goes to Senate.


- House meets at 9 a.m. Thursday. Senate meets at 10 a.m.

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