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March 2022 Newsletter | ACLU of Alabama

Welcome to our March newsletter! The Alabama Legislature is at the moment on a split and will reconvene upcoming week on Monday, March 28. With the split becoming only a 7 days very long, we continue being watchful of various payments that are transferring in the Alabama Residence and Senate.

This Thirty day period: Legislative Round-Up

Anti-transgender youth payments, House Monthly bill 266 and Senate Bill 184, had been passed out of the Household Judiciary Committee with a favorable report on March 2, 2022. Given that SB 184 has by now handed the Senate, it only has 1 final vote on the Alabama Residence flooring. If passed and signed into legislation by Governor Ivey, the ACLU of Alabama will see the state in courtroom. 

Anti-protest expenditures, Residence Bill 2 and Senate Invoice 3, have not moved due to the fact late February. These companion expenses seek to scare Alabamians into not training their Very first Amendment rights by imposing severe prison penalties on men and women engaged in protest. They would also prevent counties and municipalities that prioritize other finances priorities above the police. We will go on to check any movement on these charges. 

Voter rights restoration bill, Senate Monthly bill 6, was assigned to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee final 7 days and acquired a unanimously favorable report. This is a monthly bill that we support mainly because our democracy is strongest when every single particular person has their voice read. Countless numbers of Alabamians who are residence, doing the job, shelling out taxes, likely to university, and contributing to their communities can not vote mainly because they however owe dollars on previous convictions, even however they have accomplished all the phrases of their sentence. 

Read more about these costs and many others on our website at aclualabama.org/2022lege.


Action Warn

We need our elected officials to keep the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles accountable for their parole selections, in particular when Alabama’s jail program stays unconstitutionally overcrowded and the subject of litigation by the Section of Justice. For the duration of the parole hearings held in the to start with quarter of Fiscal Yr 2022, the Board adopted its personal suggestions in only 32% of conditions. 

Convey to THE LEGISLATURE: Go HB 57 and strengthen oversight around Alabama’s parole board


Information Highlights

Past calendar year, we worked to combat from direct assaults on our communities. Some important times include things like:

  • The anti-transgender youth charges that are at the moment sitting down in the Alabama Legislature has gained both of those nationwide and state media coverage above the past weeks. Below in Alabama, study these op-eds, which were just lately posted this thirty day period that talk to the pretty actual impression that these hazardous payments would have on young Alabamians.
  • Before this month, the Alabamians for Fair Justice coalition held a foyer day to raise consciousness about Alabama’s ongoing parole crisis. Rep. Chris England joined their push convention to share his stuffed legislation, Dwelling Invoice 57, which would set up legislative oversight about Alabama’s parole board.
  • Residence Bill 194 would make it a criminal offense for area voter training businesses to offer money for programming or to collaborate with their nearby election workplaces on any variety of voter outreach. We oppose this monthly bill. When organizing endeavours are getting to be stronger and far more regional, lawmakers are now searching for to suppress not just access to the ballot, but to criminalize the crucial get the job done that organizers do to assistance voters navigate difficult voting regulations.

There’s only a couple of far more months remaining in the 2022 legislative session, but we will keep on to supply summarized updates on social media and in your inbox. Stick to along with us to be aware of how you can consider action to aid or oppose these expenditures.