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What’s on tap

It’s the 22nd legislative day and it could be a busy one in both the House and Senate.

In the House, the agenda includes bills to prohibit groups from being paid to turn out voters in elections and expanding what crimes can be expunged from people’s records. Others include:

A constitutional amendment to allow for an $80 million bond issue to make improvements at state parks.

A Senate bill to stop the expansion of municipalities’ police jurisdictions. It appears that after several sessions, there is a substitute bill, a compromise that makes it acceptable to the Alabama League of Municipalities and the Association of County Commissions of Alabama.

Also, if Senate Bill 171 is approved, the sweet potato could become the official state vegetable of Alabama.

In the Senate, votes could happen on bills to lay out visitation requirements at hospitals and nursing homes during the pandemic, put into law policies for the Alabama Department of Labor to recover unemployment benefit overpayments and delay the third-grade holdback requirement in the Alabama Literacy Act.

Meanwhile, Sen.Jim McClendon’s lottery bill is at the call of the chair, meaning it could come up for a vote at any time.


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