Potential Gambling Conference Committee Upcoming

*The House of Representatives has selected its three members for the potential upcoming Conference Committee (Whitt, Blackshear, Jones). We are still waiting on the Senate’s three appointments. That selection may happen this week, which would likely mean a vote by both the House and the Senate by this Thursday.

Please contact (or re-contact) your two legislators and encourage them to vote NO to legitimizing the gambling industry. Legitimacy is given by legalizing Class III Vegas-style casinos, online sports betting, and a lottery in Alabama. Any combination of these activities would open the door to more corruption and addiction brought on by this state-sanctioned and promoted predatory activity.*

The Alabama House of Representatives recently 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.

Cracking Down on Child Pornography

House Bill 168, sponsored by State Rep. Matt Woods (Jasper) in the House and State Sen. April Weaver (Brierfield) in the Senate, widens Alabama’s already-existing prohibition of child pornography to include AI-generated images of child pornography. HB128, named the “Alabama Child Protection Act,” has passed the House and the Senate and heads to Gov. Ivey’s desk to be signed. To learn more about the bill, click here.

*Update* Anti-Porn Bill in the Senate

*This bill passed the House and now awaits a vote in its Senate Committee*

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.

Defining “Male” and “Female” in Alabama Law

Currently, Alabama law does not define “male” and “female.” House Bill 111, sponsored by State Rep. Susan DuBose, seeks to codify biological definitions of “male,” “female,” “boy,” “girl,” and other similar terms in our state law. Among other ramifications, this would allow for women-only spaces that could be enforced by law. The bill passed the House and heads to the Senate.

This picture was taken just after HB111 passed the House: ALCAP President Greg Davis, Rep. Susan Dubose, and Eagle Forum’s Becky Gerritson.

*Update* Protecting Children by Holding Clergy Accountable

*This bill has passed the House and its Senate Committee. It awaits a vote on the Senate floor*

House Bill 125 would make it unlawful for clergy in a position of trust or authority over a person to commit certain sex acts with an individual under 19 years of age, or a protected person under 22 years of age. Currently, the age of consent is 16. This also brings the law for clergy equal to the law for public and private school teachers. We are thankful to Representative Leigh Hulsey and Senator Rodger Smitherman for sponsoring the bill and Speaker Nathaniel Ledbetter for his leadership on this issue.

Dr. Rick Lance at the State House

ALCAP President Greg Davis hosted Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions Executive Director Dr. Lance at the Alabama State House this past Thursday. He spent time with Greg and Secretary of State Wes Allen, among others (top). Dr. Lance shared an early morning message at the ALCAP Prayer Breakfast (middle) and then opened the Alabama Senate in prayer for Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth (bottom).