Summary of Action the Final Legislative Day
By Associated Press
Montgomery AL – A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Thursday, the 30th and final meeting day of the regular session:
_Gave final passage to a bill to allow a police officer or firefighter to designate a beneficiary to receive death benefits if he or she is killed in the line of duty. Goes to governor.
_Approved a Senate-passed a bill to give some state agencies a supplemental appropriation for the remainder of the current fiscal year, including $5.3 million for Medicaid and $3 million for prisons. Goes back to Senate.
_Gave final approval to a resolution setting up a commission to try to build a limite-access freeway from Florence to Mobile.
_Failed to pass a state education budget.
_Adjourned without considering the governor's appointment of trustees to several universities.
_Gave final approval to a bill to require out-of-state residents who sell property in Alabama to have income taxes withheld at the time of the sale. Goes to governor.
_House and Senate will return for a special session at a date to be determined by the governor.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I feel they ought to have had the courage to stand up and vote for it or against it." Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery, complaining about the Senate not voting on his proposal to remove the state sales tax from groceries.