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Alabama lawmakers consider new “State of Emergency” guidelines

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MONTGOMERY, AL - It’s been a busy 2014 for weather events across Alabama.

Governor Robert Bentley has had to declare a State of Emergency twice in the past three weeks because of dangerous winter weather forecasts.

This week, state lawmakers have discussed ways to modify the emergency declaration.

The Alabama House passed a bill that would allow the governor to declare a state of emergency for specific counties, rather than statewide.

The bill is now headed to the Senate for discussion and a possible vote.

Here’s a look at some other legislative action taken this week in Montgomery.

  • Passed a bill saying a child who withdraws from a public school to attend an accredited online school will not be counted as a dropout. Goes to Senate.
  • Approved a bill raising the fines for violations of pipeline safety standards. Goes to Senate.
  • Passed a bill making it a crime to repair a car using fraudulent air bags. Goes to Senate
  • Approved a bill saying public schools can teach students the history of traditional winter observances, including Christmas and Hanukkah. Goes to House.
  • Passed a bill saying the licensing of a physician, optometrist, chiropractor or dentist can't be tied to the health care professional participating in any health insurance program. Goes to House.
  • Passed a bill to expand the types of synthetic drugs considered illegal in Alabama. Goes to House.

The next meeting for both the House and Senate is Tuesday at 1 p.m.

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