- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Thursday, the 27th meeting day of the regular session:

HOUSE:

-Approved a bill to reorganize the administrative functions of the Legislature. Goes to Senate.

-Delayed action on a bill that would prohibit people under age 19 from riding in the bed of a pickup truck.

-Approved a bill to allow people to petition a circuit court judge to wipe arrests from their record for some nonviolent misdemeanors and felonies if they were found not guilty or if the charges were dropped. Goes to Senate.



-Approved a bill to make changes to state rental law including allowing a landlord to consider a property abandoned if the power is off for seven consecutive days. Goes to governor.

SENATE:

-Joined the House in giving final approval to a bill allowing the University of Alabama at Birmingham to do a study of using a marijuana derivative to treat seizures. Goes to governor.

-Approved two proposed constitutional amendments to change the state Constitution’s articles on impeached and separation of powers. Go to House.

-Approved a $1.8 billion General Fund budget. Goes to House.

-Approved a one-time bonus of $400 for state employees. Goes to House.

-Gave final approval to a bill providing a break on sales tax payments for some small businesses. Goes to governor.

COMMITTEES:

-Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Accountability Committee approved a House-passed bill to merge the state Examiners of Public Accounts into the state auditor’s office. Goes to Senate.

AGENDA:

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

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