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.