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What Happens When U.S. Immigration Rules Tighten? Let's Look To Alabama

 

Back in 2011, Alabama passed what was then considered the nation's strictest immigration law. Much of it was later struck down by the courts. Now, the law offers a snapshot of potential challenges ahead for the Trump administration. For Fernanda Herrera, a senior at Samford University outside Birmingham, Ala., the current climate surrounding immigration has her scared, just as the Alabama law did in 2011.

 

Alabama's preparing a pro-life amendment for their state's constitution that would uphold the rights of the unborn if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.


Bill to repeal pistol permit requirement in Alabama advances
 

An Alabama Senate committee today approved a bill that would repeal the requirement for a permit to carry a concealed handgun. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill by Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa, by a vote of 6-3 after a public hearing. It moves to the Senate for consideration.


Bill would clarify law on alcohol infusions
 

A Tuscaloosa lawmaker has introduced a bill to clarify state law on infusions, liquor flavored with fruit or other ingredients sold by restaurants and bars.

 

 

A bill introduced in the state senate would require abortion clinics to provide sonograms that include detailed descriptions of the fetus, along with information about the provider's income, including the amount earned from performing abortions.

   

This week, the Alabama House is expected to take up HB32 that would end a legal practice called judicial override, where a judge can overturn a jury's decision of life without the possibility of parole in a capital murder case to the death penalty. The Senate passed a companion bill in a 30-1 vote last week. Alabama is now the only state in the country with a judicial override law.

 

Although states across the country have relaxed penalties for marijuana use - new moms in Alabama still face harsh punishment for lighting up, which is often detected in hospital drug tests after birth and passed along to police.

 

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