Hundreds Of Bills Now Dead In Alabama State Legislature
Hundreds of Bills Dead in State Legislature
Alabama Legislature (FOX6 WBRC-TV, graphic)
Hundreds of bills died because they did not pass in the house where they were introduced with just two days left in the 2008 legislative session.
Two gambling bills that died would have changed how electronic bingo games are regulated at the dog tracks in Macon and Greene counties and allowed voters to decide if they want to legalize electronic bingo games at greyhound dog tracks in Mobile and Birmingham.
Other notable bills that died included a bill to let voters decide if they want a constitutional convention to rewrite Alabama's 1901 constitution, changing the state's primary election day and requiring Alabama workers to carry state-issued ID cards.
Rep. John Rogers, D-Birmingham, tried for the fifth year to repeal Alabama's ban on the sale of sex toys, but he couldn't get the House to take action on his proposal.
But adult stores are still able to sell vibrators and similar products because Alabama's law allows an exception for people who say they are making purchases for medical reasons.
Sens. Hank Erwin, R-Montevallo, and Roger Bedford, D-Russellville, sponsored bills to apply Alabama's marijuana laws to an increasingly popular hallucinogenic plant called Salvia divinorum.
Bedford's bill never got on the Senate's work agenda.
Erwin's did, but ran into stalling tactics.
Erwin, who was pushing the bill for the second year, said he will try again next year because people of any age can legally buy salvia in Alabama.
The House is scheduled to be back in session tomorrow morning at 10:00.