ACLU sues Alabama over transgender people and driver’s licenses

February 7, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Alabama filed a lawsuit challenging Alabama’s policy of restricting access to drivers’ licenses for transgender people that accurately reflect their gender identity.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of three people who report that they experienced this discrimination.

“Transgender people, like all people, deserve to live their lives without the government compromising their privacy, safety, autonomy, dignity, or equality,” Gabriel Arkles, senior staff attorney with the ACLU, said. “All people have a right to make their own healthcare decisions free from government coercion. They have a right to keep their personal information private. They have a right not to endorse a message from the government with which they disagree. They have the right not to be discriminated against by the government for who they are. And in addition to endangering transgender people, Alabama’s policy — and other policies like it — violate the law.”

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Streamlined process makes it easier for veterans to update their status on driver’s licenses

November 7, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

An interim Alabama House committee tasked with making driver’s license offices more accessible and procedures more streamlined has announced a change that will make it easier for military veterans to update their status on their licenses just in time for Veterans Day.

State Rep. Randall Shedd, chairman of the Committee on Driver’s License Review, announced new procedures that will allow veterans to update their veteran status at their local probate office instead of waiting in line at one of the state’s few driver’s license offices.

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Bentley Meets with Jesse Jackson and Lawmakers over Driver’s License Office Closings

October 8, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, October 7, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) met with the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Black lawmakers about the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) decision to close 31 part time driver’s license offices in mostly rural counties.  Secretary of State John Merrill (R) was also there to explain how our voter ID system works.

The Bentley Administration released a statement afterwards: “Governor Bentley listened to the concerns raised today by Reverend Jesse Jackson. Secretary Merrill explained the options for citizens to receive a photo id in order to vote. Governor Bentley and the Legislative Black Caucus agreed to work together to find solutions to further fund driver license offices in Alabama’s rural counties.”
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Sewell Denounces Drivers Office Decision

October 5, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Thursday, October 2, US Representative Terri Sewell (D) denounced the decision by Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Director Spencer Collier and the Administration of Governor Robert Bentley (R) to close 31 driver’s license offices, most of them in rural areas of the State.
Rep. Sewell said, “Alabama needs to figure out a better way to balance the budget than on the backs of low-income people in communities of color.”
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Bentley Got His Tax Increases, But He’s Still Closing Parks and Drivers License Offices

October 1, 2015

 

By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford 

As if $86 million in new taxes and an $80 million raid on public education weren’t bad enough, Gov. Bentley has now announced that he will close more than thirty drivers license offices, as well as some state parks and National Guard armories.

The governor has spent this entire year trying to convince legislators and the people of Alabama that higher taxes were the only thing that could prevent these closures. The Republican Legislature gave the governor the tax increases he wanted, but Gov. Bentley is still closing these parks, armories and most drivers license offices. 
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Sewell urges Alabamians to prepare for Voter Photo ID law

April 9, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, April 8, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D) from Selma today urged her constituents and all Alabamians to make sure they’re ready for the implementation of Alabama’s new voter photo ID law, effective in the June 3 primary.
U.S. Representative Sewell reminded voters in a written statement, “It is our responsibility to make sure we are ready for the implementation of this law by June 3.  We cannot sit idly by and watch our friends and neighbors be robbed of the right to vote.  We must spread awareness about the law, and help to make sure that our family and friends get the proper ID they need to vote.”
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