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A glance at the Reckon Report Card — which you can see first if you join our Reckon Policy & Politics group on Facebook — will reveal that the so-called ‘ethics’ reform bill is on life support as of last week. But columnist Kyle Whitmire says the bill — which would have removed many of the restrictions on Montgomery lawmakers — is still “twitching”.
Also likely dead is Sen. President Pro Tem Del Marsh’s bill to repeal Common Core, which education reporter Trisha Crain said is “going nowhere fast.”
What else is on tap this week in Montgomery? Statehouse reporter Mike Cason reporters there are four key issues expected to come up:
- The House Health Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday on a bill that would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion in Alabama. Anti-abortion advocates in Alabama said this is the year to seek an outright abortion ban in hopes of getting a Roe v. Wade challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court. The public hearing will be the first-time lawmakers have discussed the bill.
- The Senate Judiciary Committee will have a public hearing Wednesday on a bill to repeal the requirement for a permit to carry a concealed handgun.
- The committee will also consider a bill to reduce the penalty for marijuana possession. Several efforts to do that have failed in the last few years.
- The House State Government Committee will have a public hearing Wednesday on a bill to legalize sports fantasy contests in Alabama. Fantasy contest operators would have to register and pay a tax on their revenues.
And in other news:
We have a new member on the Alabama Ethics Commission. Gov. Kay Ivey has appointed former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Lyn Stuart to a seat on the commission formerly held by Frank C. “Butch” Ellis Jr., whose term expired. Let's hope she stays busy.