Legislative Overview for Thursday

Feb 6, 2014

A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday, a committee meeting day:

COMMITTEES:

—Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee approved a bill to give a one-time pension bonus to retired state employees. Goes to Senate.

—Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee approved a House-passed bill to provide an income tax credit to Alabama families that adopt children in Alabama. Goes to Senate.

—Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee approved a bill to exempt income tax payments on health savings account contributions like the federal government does. Goes to Senate.

—House Ways and Means-General Fund Committee approved the governor's recommendation to provide a cost-of-living raise to state employees of up to 4 percent, with the raise conditioned on the state taking in more revenue than expected. Goes to House.

—The House Boards, Agencies and Commission Committee approved a bill aimed at letting spay/neuter clinics operated by nonprofit groups remain open. Goes to House.

—The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to effectively legalize cannabidiol, an oil derived from marijuana plants, for medicinal purposes. Goes to Senate.

— The Senate Judiciary delayed a vote on a bill to decriminalize midwifery. Goes to Senate.

AGENDA:

—House meets at 9 a.m. Thursday and Senate at 10 a.m. Lawmakers will meet in joint session at 11 a.m. to honor members of the military.