Gambling May Head to Conference Committee

Last Thursday, the Alabama House of Representatives voted to non-concur with the large changes the Senate made to the initial gambling bills that the House had passed. Now, three members of the House may eventually join with three members of the Senate for a conference committee on the issue. Depending on what happens in the conference, there may be a bill that comes out of it and both the House/Senate would then vote on it (must pass with 3/5 majority), or the issue of gambling may die in committee. Listen to ALCAP President and Priority Talk Radio Host Greg Davis discuss the issue here.

Sexual Risk Avoidance in Sex Education

State Representative Susan DuBose has sponsored a bill (HB195) that would help improve our sex education in the state of Alabama. Currently, curricula or programs on the topic must emphasize that abstinence is the only effective protection against unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease. In addition, “This [new] bill would require that any sex education or human reproductive curriculum or program in a public K-12 school to exclusively teach sexual risk avoidance and encourage the avoidance of any nonmarital sexual activity.

“This bill would further provide for the sex education and human reproductive curriculum or program in public K-12 schools, including the provision of information about state laws relating to the financial cost of pregnancy and child care, abortion, and adoption” (HB195).

The bill also prohibits the use of organizations that teach values that are contrary to what has been outlined above.

HB195 passed its committee and awaits a vote on the House floor.

Anti-Porn Bill Passes the House

State Representative Chris Sells has sponsored a bill (HB167) that would require phone manufacturers, as the default setting, to have a pornography filter turned on when activating a phone if the user is a minor. The filter can be turned off by the user, but they will need to consciously do so with a password.

This bill has passed the House and heads to the Senate.

Pro-Life Legislation: The Pregnancy Resource Act

Sponsored by State Rep. Jamie Kiel, the Pregnancy Resource Act (HB356) has been filed once again in this year’s Legislative Session. This bill would provide a state income tax credit to individuals and businesses that make contributions to eligible charitable organizations that operate as a pregnancy center or residential maternity facility. In short, this Act would spur financial support for the dozens of Pregnancy Resource Centers all across Alabama. Abortion is illegal in Alabama; these often underfunded and understaffed centers are tasked with providing both free and low-cost medical, educational, and support services to more women and men than ever before facing an unplanned pregnancy or sexual health concern. These services often include free pregnancy and STD testing and ultrasounds. These centers help to educate women who think that their only option is an abortion. This Act would provide tax credits of up to 10 million dollars for the next five years. Please encourage your legislator to support the Pregnancy Resource Act. This is pro-life legislation.

This bill is currently in a House Committee and awaits a vote.

ALCAP Is Thankful for the Support

of Our Local Churches

On a recent Sunday morning, Greg Davis had the honor to be with First Baptist Church Moody with Pastor Brad Mosely. ALCAP is extremely thankful for the generous support of local churches throughout Alabama. If you would like to help support ALCAP financially, please click here.