Alabama legislature discussing numerous bills on final day

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — Going into the final day of the 2014 legislative session Alabama lawmakers still had proposals still on the table with little chance of becoming law.

Some of the bills that did pass this session include a bill to prevent casinos, strip clubs, bars and psychics from accepting electronic welfare benefit cards.

A one-time $1,000 adoption-related income tax credit is on its way to Governor Robert Bentley as well.

Lawmakers killed a cap on payday loan interest rates and a bill to repeal Common Core standards and give local school boards more flexibility to choose curriculum.

While most of those bills got their fair share of publicity, one that came in under the radar for many state lawmakers is a resolution urging the United State Congress to form a constitutional convention for the purpose of banning same-sex marriage.

Representative Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, who is Alabama’s only openly gay lawmaker, was surprised to see it on the last day, but she says she is not surprised by the intent behind it.

“You know, they’re not going to get that. Look at opinion polls, even in Alabama support for marriage equality is growing,” Todd said.

The teacher pay raises that Governor Bentley is pushing for are not included in the state education budget passed by the Senate, but there is a proposal to help keep educator healthcare costs down.

Lawmakers have until midnight to make final decision.

2014 WIAT-TV CBS42

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