By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
The Alabama House Republican Caucus announced in a written statement that four bills aimed at defending the Right to Life in Alabama will be undertaken by the Alabama House of Representatives Health Committee.
Chairman of the House Health Committee, Jim McClendon (R) from Springville told ‘The Alabama Political Reporter’ that the House Health Committee will vote on four Pro-Life bills debated in the House last week. The package of bills include: the Fetal Heartbeat Act, HB 490; the Woman’s Right to Know Act, HB 489; HB 494 which strengthens Alabama’s parental consent law, and the Perinatal Hospice Information Act, HB493.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Hubbard (R) from Auburn said in a written statement, “It is unfortunate that liberal activist judges on the U.S. Supreme Court have made abortion legal in the United States, but Alabamians are fortunate to have a Republican legislature that continues to protect and prioritize life in our state.”
McClendon said that the Committee will also vote on HB 482 to give St. Clair County residents in Moody who get their water from the Birmingham Waterworks, representation for the first time on the Birmingham Waterworks Board which is controlled by the City of Birmingham even though more than half of the waterworks customers actually live outside of the city limits stretching out too St. Clair, Shelby, Blount, and Walker Counties. The City of Moody and St. Clair County are hopeful that the powerful Birmingham Waterworks Board will agree to just sell its holdings in St. Clair County to the City of Moody, which already operates the sewer system in Moody, Argo, and Margaret.
Representative Paul DeMarco (R) from Homewood and Senator J.T. “Jabo” Wagoner (R) from Vestavia have introduced their own legislation to force the Birmingham Water Works to adopt a more representative governing structure.
Chairman McClendon said that the committee votes are scheduled for Tuesday, February 25 at 11:00 am in the joint briefing room rather than at the normal Wednesday Committee time.
Alabama Citizens for Life said in a written statement, “Thank you also goes to Rep. Jim McClendon for prioritizing the bills respecting innocent human life by scheduling a vote for next Tuesday Feb 25th on the above measures.”