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


  • Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to require children to use booster seats in cars until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall or 12 years old. Goes to Senate.
  • Senate Judiciary Committee voted to increase the penalties for motorists who pass school buses that are picking up or dropping off students. Goes to Senate.
  • House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that expands the instances when a person can use deadly force to stop an intruder in a home, recreational vehicle, tent or car. Goes to House.
  • House Judiciary Committee voted to expand Alabama's hate crimes law to include the sexual orientation of the victim. Goes to House.
  • House Agriculture and Forestry Commission approved bill to ban the staging of fights between dogs and hogs. Goes to House.
  • House Government Finance and Appropriations Committee delayed action on bill to give pay raises to state troopers.
  • House and Senate education budget writing committees heard Gov. Bob Riley defend his $5.68 billion education budget and his plan to spend $500 million for construction and improvements at Alabama's schools and colleges.


  • Senate Confirmations Committee meets at 8 a.m. today to consider appointments to several state boards.
  • Senate meets at 9 a.m. today and House at 10 a.m.
  • Nathan Mathis, an independent candidate for governor, speaks in the House chamber at 9:45 a.m. today.

    — The Associated Press

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