Week 9: Alabama Legislative Report — April 21

Contributed by Beth Marietta Lyons
Lyons Law Firm

The Alabama Legislature convened in Session for Day 18 of the annual Regular Session on Tuesday, April 18, held 24 committee meetings throughout the week, and convened in Session on Thursday for Day 19.

There have been 944 bills introduced to date.

The Legislature will return to Montgomery on Tuesday, April 25 for Legislative Day 20 of the Session with the House convening at 1:00 p.m. and the Senate convening at 2:00 p.m.

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Reactions to court ruling: Chief Justice Moore and wife receive death threat

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

There is no more polarizing figure in Alabama Politics than suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore (R). Moore is admired by many in Alabama and despised by many in Alabama; but almost everyone knows who Roy Moore is and has an opinion on the best known jurist in Alabama history…..a strong statement given that Alabama history includes: Howell Heflin, Perry Hooper Sr., and Hugo Black. On Wednesday the Special Supreme Court upheld Moore’s suspension by the Court of the Judiciary.
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Roy Moore maintains innocence even after court rules against him

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 19, 2017, suspended Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore (R) had intended to chastise the Special Supreme Court for not deciding his case; but 45 minutes before the scheduled press conference in the old Alabama Supreme Court room in Alabama’s 1859 Capitol complex, the Court released its’ ruling upholding the Chief Justice’s suspension by the Court of the Judiciary (COJ).
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Neil Gorsuch joins the Supreme Court

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, April 10, 2017, Judge Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as a US Supreme Court Justice.

US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) voted to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Sen. Shelby said, “I was proud to support and confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch has clearly demonstrated that he consistently applies the law, as it is written, fairly and equally to all. There is no doubt that Judge Gorsuch will use this position to serve the American people with unwavering commitment to the Constitution, and I am confident that he will preserve the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s legacy on the bench for years to come.”
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Impeachment is back on after an Alabama Supreme Court ruling

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — A ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court on Saturday will allow the House of Representatives’ impeachment proceedings against Gov. Robert Bentley to continue next week. The ruling comes a day after another judge delayed the proceedings.

The ALSC issued a stay on the temporary restraining order issued on Friday by Montgomery County Circuit Judge Greg Griffin. The stay essentially overrides Griffin’s restraining order, which was set to delay impeachment hearings for ten days to give Bentley’s lawyers time to respond to the bombshell report released yesterday by the House’s special counsel.

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Strange says Gorsuch will be confirmed before the end of the week

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Politcal Reporter

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the US Senate continued its debate on whether or not to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court to fill the seat vacated by the death of Antonin Scalia last year. US Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama) said that Senate Democrats have begun a talkathon to delay confirmation of Gorsuch, whom he called: “A mainstream judge.”

Sen. Strange said, “Tonight, the Democrats’ political theater over the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch continues. It’s disappointing to see a proud tradition of the Senate trampled by the Democrats for the sake of politics, especially over a mainstream nominee as eminently qualified as Judge Gorsuch.”
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Let judicial override be gone forever

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Most readers know that I oppose the death penalty. I don’t believe the State should ever take something from somebody it can’t make right.

When the State kills a person, the State can’t take that back. The person is dead.

I understand and, indeed, agree that there are crimes that deserve a death penalty. It’s simply that just because somebody deserves to die for his crimes doesn’t mean he should die for his crimes in a State-sanctioned execution.
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Senate should confirm Neil Gorsuch

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By U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

“When we judges don our robes, it doesn’t make us any smarter, but it does serve as a reminder of what’s expected of us: Impartiality and independence, collegiality and courage.”

Those are the words of Neil Gorsuch, a current judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Earlier this year, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court.
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Bill to take State out of Marriage License Business passes Senate

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, March 6, 2017, the Alabama Senate passed SB20, sponsored by Senator Greg Albritton (R-Bay Minette) that would end marriage licensing in Alabama.

Sen. Albritton said previously, “This bill does not denigrate marriage. This bill does not de-sanctify marriage. This bill does not change the definition of marriage. All my bill does is to change the procedure for individuals to obtain a marriage.”

Albritton said that currently you go to the Probate Judges office to get a marriage license from the State of Alabama, this bill just removes the licensure part out of the process. This bill does not de-sanctify marriage, because the State can not sanctify marriage. Albritton’s bill would make it where you simply fill out a form with the signatures of the two people being married, the person performing the procedure, and two witnesses.
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Six person jury bill receives favorable report by Judiciary Committee

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee gave a favorable report to a bill that would allow many Alabama Court proceedingss to have just six person juries rather than the traditional 12 person jury trials.

Senate Bill 197 was sponsored by Senator Arthur Orr (R-Decatur). Orr said that the measure would save the state $252,000 per year. Sen. Orr said that his bill would allow the six person jury trials in misdemeanor and civil trials for matters below a certain amount. Orr said that this is done in a lot of states.
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