Revenue Dept. clarifies Ala. immigration law

The state Revenue Department has changed its position on parts of Alabama's new immigration law.

It now says several common transactions at county courthouses are no longer considered "business transactions" where people have to prove their legal residency.

The department sent a letter to county officials saying proof of residency isn't needed for registering and issuing decals on mobile homes, applying for homestead exemptions on property, applying for current use valuation on property, or issuing titles on motor vehicles or mobile homes.

The change comes after a federal judge blocked county officials from requiring proof of residency to get mobile home decals.

An attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center says she's glad to see the department narrow its interpretation and it's another indication of the folly of the law.

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