End of session roundup: What Alabama lawmakers approved

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Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama lawmakers have ended the 2022 legislative session.

The election-year session saw Republicans push through a number of priority bills ahead of next month primaries.

Alabama will become the 22nd state to allow people to carry concealed handguns without first undergoing a background check and getting a state permit.

Lawmakers also approved bills to make it a crime for doctors to prescribe gender-affirming medications to transgender people under age 19.

Another would prohibit classroom instruction or discussion on sexual orientation or gender identity for students in kindergarten through the fifth grade.

Restaurant workers in Alabama as young as 18 may soon be able to bring alcohol to patrons after Jalapenos Mexican Grill owner Jheovanny Gomez worked with a state legislator on House Bill 176. The bill is on Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk.

The session also saw bipartisan approval of the largest teacher pay raise in a generation.

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4/9/2022 1:33:06 PM (GMT -5:00)

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