Opinion | Is HB317 a return to the orgy of greed and corruption? 

February 6, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

At least it seemed for a moment that the cancer eating away at Alabama’s state government was in remission.

The rise of Gov. Kay Ivey and Speaker Mac McCutcheon after the removal of Gov. Robert Bentley and Speaker Mike Hubbard appeared to herald a new day in state politics. But in the State House, bills are offered that would reintroduce the same type of mischief that poisoned the system when Hubbard and Bentley were in office.

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Under guise of economic development, legislation would open door for public officials to lobby government

January 29, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

New legislation in the Alabama House of Representatives would alter the definition of lobbyist and lobbying in such a way as to open the floodgates for public officials to use their office for personal gain under the guise of economic development.

Behind HB317 is Republican Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield, who most recently appeared as a witness before a Montgomery County special grand jury investigating potential public corruption in an economic development deal during former Gov. Robert Bentley’s administration.

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Governor signs bill decriminalized Professional Midwifery

May 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) signed House Bill 315, decriminalizing Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) in Alabama.

Governor Ivey said in a statement, “After thoughtful and deliberate consideration, I signed the midwifery bill because it gives mothers more options to choose how to deliver their baby, while simultaneously ensuring that those Midwives who practice in Alabama are qualified to do so.”
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Legislative Session is winding down

May 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

There are only six Legislative days left in the 2017 Alabama Legislative Session. There is still an awful lot of work to do however.

The primary purpose of even having Legislative Sessions is to pass the budgets. The State General Fund (SGF) budget was passed in the Senate on Thursday. The House passed the Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget on Wednesday. Both Houses have now passed both budgets. Both Houses however have to vote on whether or not to concur with changes made by the other house.
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Bill to decriminalize midwifery has a public hearing

May 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 3, 2017. the Senate Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on House Bill 315 sponsored by State Representative Ken Johnson (R-Moulton).

Rep. Johnson said, “HB315 is a very simple bill. It gives mothers a right to have a safe natural child at home.” Johnson said that the bill would decriminalize midwifery and would follow the example of 44 other states.

State Senator Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City) said, “I have concerns about this bill.” Williams said that there is no regulations and no requirement that the midwifes carry malpractice insurance. “Malpractice insurance is there to protect the patient.”
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Midwives decriminalization bill passes House

April 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives passed House Bill 315. HB315 was sponsored by State Representative Ken Johnson (R-Moulton) to legalize midwives is now on the floor of the House.

Rep. Ken Johnson said that under Alabama law it is currently a misdemeanor for a certified professional midwife (CPM) to be present at a home birth.

State Representative Mary Moore (D-Birmingham) said, “I have some concerns about this bill.”
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Medical Association strongly opposes decriminalizing Midwives

March 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, the Alabama House Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on a bill to decriminalize a midwife assisting a mother with a home birth. House Bill 315 was sponsored by State Representative Ken Johnson (R-Moulton).

Rep. Johnson said that in 2006, it became a crime for a midwife to be present at a birth. Home births are still legal. Johnson said, “Nearly everyone I have talked to thinks that it is counterintuitive to say you are welcome to have birth; but if you have someone there to assist you who has training in births, it is a crime for that person to be there. We should not make it a crime. Rep. Johnson said that in this public hearing you are going to hear that this is not safe and ought to be a crime. However, that it is a conflict of interest to say that you can have home birth but you can’t have it with any help.”
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Family Advocacy Day draws pro-family Legislators

March 1, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, an estimated one hundred people gathered in front of Alabama’s historic state Capital Building for Family Advocacy Day.

Rev. Tom Ford said we are here to thank God for his grace. Society is based on three pillars: the family, the church, and the State. When the family goes, the church follows, and then the State.

State Representative Matt Fridy (R-Montevallo) said they plan to bring pro-Life and pro-family legislation that we are bringing forward this session.
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Pro-Confederate Heritage Groups to Rally in Montgomery on Saturday

June 26, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Saturday June 27, a rally is scheduled to be held in Montgomery to protest the removal of the Confederate flags from Confederate memorials in Montgomery on the sole authority of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R).

Karl Andreas Bodenheimer wrote on Facebook, “This Saturday Rain or Shine (no not that kind of shine) Anyone and everyone is invited to a Confederate Celebration at the Alabama Capitol Steps at 10am. Bring your Ancestors Regimental Flags and prepare to share your stories of the history of your town and Alabama. It’s time that WE the PEOPLE get across to these Politically Correct CROWS that WE know the truth and we WILL CELEBRATE whether they like it or not! See you there!!”
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House Passes Accountability Act Reforms

June 1, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, May 28, the Alabama House of Representatives passed SB71 which reforms the controversial Alabama Accountability Act of 2013.  The bill was sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) and was carried in the House by Representative Ken Johnson (R-Moulton).

The Alabama Accountability Act allows taxpayers to divert a portion of their income taxes from the Education Trust Fund (ETF) to privately managed non-profit Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs) so the SGOs can use that money to award scholarships to students trapped in Alabama’s poorest performing schools. The scholarships allow the student to attend either another public school or a private school that is taking AAA scholarship students.
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