From the Office of Attorney General Luther Strange
(MONTGOMERY)–Attorney General Luther Strange Tuesday praised the Alabama Legislature for the final passage of House Bill 17 which was sponsored by Rep. Blaine Galliher and Senator Cam Ward (sponsor of the senate companion bill). HB 17 makes it a Class C felony to file a false instrument against a public servant to hinder rightful claims against their property with the intent to intimidate or harass the public official or to impede the public servant in the performance of his or her duties. The bill also provides a process to facilitate the legitimate cancellation of such claims. HB 17 was included in a package of bills advocated by the Attorney General Strange to strengthen and support law enforcement in Alabama. The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature.
“During my first year as Attorney General, I have been honored to meet with law enforcement officers throughout Alabama and I am impressed and grateful for their dedication to protect our citizens and enforce our laws,” said Attorney General Strange. “HB 17 reflects concerns they shared with me about changes needed in the laws to help them perform their important duties. I applaud the Alabama Legislature in their successful passage of HB 17, in particular, the diligence and skillful guidance of the sponsors of the legislation, Representative Blaine Galliher & Senator Cam Ward.
Tomorrow the House Judiciary Committee takes up three more bills advocated by General Strange and his Law Enforcement Advisory Committee: House Bill 414, sponsored by Rep. Allen Farley, will make our illegal gambling laws stronger and more effective. Senate Bill 35, sponsored by Senator Ben Brooks, will strengthen existing law related to metal theft by creating a statewide digital database, increasing criminal penalties, and putting limits on cash transactions. Senate Bill 91, sponsored by Senator Tammy Irons, provides tough penalties for the disarming of a law enforcement officer.
AG Strange urges swift passage of these bills to help arm law enforcement with the tools they need to protect Alabamians.