Legislative Update: 5.1.2017
On Tuesday, the Alabama Legislature passed HB24, sponsored by Tuscaloosa Republican Rich Wingo. This bill would allow private adoption and child placement agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ and other non-traditional parents for reasons of "religious freedom." The measure had to go back to the House for concurrence after the Senate passed an amended version last week. The vote in the House was 87-0 with 6 abstentions. The bill now heads to Governor Ivey.
Also on Tuesday and for the first time, a bill that would allow midwives to legally practice in Alabama has made it to the floor for a vote. HB315 was passed by the House by a vote of 84-11. Since 1975 a non-nurse midwife has not legally been able to practice midwifery in Alabama. The bill heads to the Senate.
On Wednesday Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore announced his resignation from the Alabama Supreme Court and his plans to run for the U.S. Senate. Governor Ivey accepted his resignation and appointed Lyn Stuart as Chief Justice. Stuart has been acting Chief Justice since Moore's suspension on May 6, 2016.
The Alabama House voted on Thursday to pass a bill that would make the removal of any monument and historically significant structures from public property be subject to approval by the Committee on Alabama Monument Protection, a body that the bill would create. After three contentious hours of debate, the bill passed by a vote of 72-29.
The legislature will reconvene on Tuesday for its 22nd legislative day.
- Gina Dearborn, Tucker Consulting (5.1.2017)