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Bills move swiftly through Alabama legislature

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) -

Two charter school bills are moving quickly through the Legislature. The Senate approved one and sent it to the House. The House committee will vote Thursday on whether they'll send it to the House floor.

The House did vote, however, on a bill that prohibits schools from discriminating against students for expressing their religious viewpoints in school. It's in response to a Tennessee student's claim that she was suspended for saying "bless you."

It easily passed, and heads to the Senate for consideration.

Also, Sen. Del Marsh wants to increase the amount of money set aside for the Alabama Accountability Act. It's the bill that set aside tax credits to help students in failing public schools move to private school. 

Marsh wants to raise the annual scholarship money cap from $25 million to $35 million.

And finally, a bill that's getting national attention: Legislation to bring back the electric chair in Alabama passed in the House.

It's says if lethal injection is found unconstitutional or the ingredients aren't available, the electric chair can be used. 

There was an amendment added from Rep. Mac McCutcheon of Huntsville, that would keep the manufacturers of lethal injection drugs confidential. 

The bill now moves on to the Senate.

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