Sen. Whatley proposes changes to sex ed law to remove dated anti-LGBT language

February 12, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A state senator is proposing changes to Alabama’s sex education law that would remove dated, blatantly anti-LGBT language and make other portions of the code more scientifically accurate.

Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, is sponsoring the bill, which would remove discriminatory language from state law directing educators to teach that homosexuality is a criminal offense and an unacceptable lifestyle.

SB269, which is waiting for a hearing in the Senate Education and Youth Affairs Committee, would update the law that provides details on how educators should teach K-12 sex education courses.

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Report shows Wexford Health Services failing requirements in Indiana

November 15, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Shortly, Gov. Kay Ivey, along with key advisers, will determine what health service provider can best address the court order mandates to improve health care in Alabama’s correctional facilities.

Alabama officials who are considering turning over state prison health care to Wexford Health Services should take time to review the firm’s conduct since taking over Indiana’s contract earlier this year.

There are indications that Wexford is over-promising and under-delivering throughout the country. As reported by Alabama Political Reporter last month, Wexford has failed to deliver on its obligation in Illinois, where it vowed to help that state emerge from federal court supervision.

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Health Committee gives favorable report to Drug Paraphernalia Bill

May 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, the Senate Health Committee gave a favorable report to allow non-profits to participate in a controversial program to give free drug paraphernalia to drug users to slow the spread of AIDS.

House Bill 455 is sponsored by State Representative Jack Williams (R-Vestavia). Rep. Williams said that the nonprofits involved would provide counseling services for IV drug users. Part of that would include giving users clean needles.
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Many Stumbling Blocks To Prison Reform

October 3, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Governor Robert Bentley wants to float $800 million in bonds to build new prisons. Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) Commissioner, Jeff Dunn wants that, too. Some State Senators believe Bentley and Dunn are using the recent prison violence as a way to gin up support for their plan. They also think Dunn is implying a takeover by the federal authorities is imminent.

No one in their right mind who has toured Alabama’s crumbling prisons would deny there are problems of epic proportion. Outside of Bentley, Dunn and the companies knowing they may gain millions in borrowed State money, it would be difficult to find anyone willing to spend nearly a billion dollars, in a no-bid scheme known as design-build, to construct Bentley’s dream prisons.
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House Bill Would Make it a Crime to Knowingly Infect Someone with an STD

April 7, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sexually transmitted diseases would completely disappear in two generations if people would follow the simple rules set down by Moses and limit all sexual activity to within the bounds of their marital bond.

That may have been asking too much of the shepherds of his day, but in today’s society that defiantly practices a more “freewheeling” range of lifestyles and claims anything they want to do is a right, sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are an unpleasant reality.
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Advocacy Group Draws Attention to High AIDS Rate in Birmingham

September 29, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is making an effort to draw attention to the fact that Birmingham, Alabama has 17th Highest Rate of HIV Infection in the entire Nation. The group says that they are trying to advance awareness of the epidemic in Birmingham, reduce the stigma of testing positive for the disease and get more people that are infected the treatments that they need.
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