Summary of action in Alabama Legislature

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday, a committee meeting day:

COMMITTEES:

—Senate Health Committee held a public hearing on a bill to restructure the state Medicaid program, but did not vote.

—Senate Banking and Insurance Committee approved a bill to allow religiously affiliated employers to exclude employee health insurance coverage for birth control. Goes to Senate.

—Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill saying Alabama won’t recognize federal laws that it considers contrary to the constitutional right to bear arms. Goes to Senate.

—House Judiciary Committee debated, but did not vote on three bills to regulate the bail-bond industry.

—House Constitution, Campaign and Elections Committee approved a bill to allow a candidate to win a primary without a runoff if he or she receives 35 percent or more of the vote.

AGENDA:

—House meets at 9 a.m. Thursday and Senate at 10 a.m.

—Senate Commerce, Transportation and Utilities Committee meets at 9 a.m. Thursday in room 727 of the Statehouse to consider construction legislation.

—House Ways and Means Education Committee meets at 11 a.m. Tuesday to consider the education budget and a pay raise for teachers.

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