Editorial: Grading the 2017 Session

Editorial: Grading the 2017 Session

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama lawmakers ended the 2017 legislative session Friday by passing a number of bills.

Among the bills signed into law were:

  • An autism coverage bill
  • A redistricting bill that requires 12 districts to be remapped
  • A midwifery bill that allows certified midwives to deliver babies
  • A proposal to vote on adding that Alabama is a "right to life" state in our state constitution
  • A bill ending its outlier status allowing a judge to override a jury's recommendations in death penalty cases
  • A bill prohibiting the removal, alteration and relocation of any confederate monument standing on public property for 40 years or more.
  • A bill preventing the state from refusing to license faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with gay parents or families on religious grounds

Among the bills that failed to pass were:

  • The proposal to build four new mega prisons
  • A bill to expand tax breaks to encourage donations to a state program for scholarships to private K-12 schools
  • The House-passed bill that would require all childcare facilities taking government subsidies to be licensed
  • The bill allowing online fantasy sports contests
  • The bill allowing a Birmingham church to establish its own police department
  • The permit-less gun carry bill

I am hearing lawmakers say we are going into a special session. If this is the case and if I were grading the legislature, I would give them an F as they have once again failed to look after our hard-earned tax dollars.

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