Alabama Legislative Summary for March 15
By Associated Press
Montgomery AL – A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Thursday, the fourth meeting day of the regular session.
_Passed a bill requiring the governor and other state officials to attend training sessions on the state ethics law. Goes to Senate.
_Approved legislation to amend the ethics law to expand the definition of a lobbyist to include a person who tries to influence the awarding of a no-bid state contract. Goes to Senate.
_Joined the Senate in passing a resolution honoring the Alabama A&M football team that won the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship last year. Members of the team attended ceremonies in the House and Senate.
_Recognized House Speaker Pro Tem Demetrius Newton, D-Birmingham, on his 79th birthday.
_Pssed a resolution naming a portion of Alabama 72 in Madison County for Rep. Albert Hall, D-Gurley, who died in November. Goes to Senate.
_Debated at length whether to consider a bill to provide $79 million in funding to rebuild two schools destroyed by tornadoes in Enterprise, but adjourned without taking a vote on any proposed legislation.
_Joined the House in agreeing to take vacation for spring break the week of April 16-20.
_Senate Committee on Commerce, Transportation and Utilities approved legislation to create a distinctive license motorcycle tag for Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.
_House meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday and Senate at 2 p.m.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I can't see why in Sam Hill you're going to make this mandatory. If I'm a crook, I'm a crook." Rep. John Rogers, D-Birmingham, debating a bill to require legislators to receive ethics training.