- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, the 20th meeting day of the regular session:


-Approved a bill to ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, something that can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Goes to Senate.

-Approved a bill to require women seeking an abortion because of lethal fetal anomalies to be advised about the availability of perinatal hospice services. Goes to Senate.

- Approved a bill to extend the waiting period before abortions from 24 to 48 hours. Goes to Senate.

-Approved a bill to require parents to present a birth certificate when giving parental consent for their daughter to have an abortion. Goes to Senate.

-Approved a bill creating an independent tax tribunal to hear tax appeals. Goes to governor.


-Approved Kevin Ball of Birmingham, Neal Morrison of Cullman, James Montgomery of Anniston and Perry Jones of Riverwoods, Ill., as trustees of Alabama A&M; University.

-Approved Hal Bloom of Montgomery as a trustee of the University of West Alabama.

-Approved a bill to provide a pension bonus to retired state employees. Goes to House.

-Gave final approval to a bill creating a scholarship program for high school students to have dual enrollment in technology courses in community colleges. Goes to governor.


-Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee meets at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 727 of the Statehouse to consider reduction-in-force legislation for teachers.

-Senate Health Committee meets at noon Wednesday in room 304 to consider legislation on spay-neuter clinics.

-Senate Judiciary Committee meets at 1 p.m. Wednesday in room 325 to consider firearms legislation.

-House Ways and Means-Education meets at 9 a.m. in room 617 for a public hearing on the education budget.

- House Financial Services Committee meets at 9 a.m. in room 428 to consider payday loan legislation.

- House Health Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the joint briefing room to consider restrictions on smoking in public places.

- House Education Policy Committee meets at 2 p.m. in room 418 to consider changes to school layoff policies and a bill to allow homeschooled children to play on public school athletic teams.

- House Internal Affairs Committee meets at 11 a.m. in room 410 to consider a legislative reorganization bill.

-Senate meets at 3 p.m. Wednesday. House meets at 3:30.

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