Weekly Legislative News Update

*Update* Protecting Children

by Holding Clergy Accountable

*Status: This bill has passed both the House and the Senate. It awaits Gov. Ivey’s signature to become law*

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.

*Update* Cracking Down on Child Pornography

*Status: This bill was signed by Gov. Ivey and is now law*

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. Gov. Ivey signed the bill, and it is now law. To learn more about the bill, click here.

*Update* Pro-Life Legislation:

The Pregnancy Resource Act

*Status: This bill passed its House Committee and awaits a vote on the House floor*

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.

ALCAP and Our Local Churches

We are thankful for Enon Baptist Church’s long term support of ALCAP. We are also thankful for Pastor Zac Reno allowing Greg Davis to share about the ministry’s important work and to preach this past Sunday morning.

ALCAP Prayer Breakfast

It was an honor for ALCAP President Greg Davis to host Jason Rapert, founder of the National Association of Christian Lawmakers, in Montgomery. We are thankful for NACL’s commitment to serving those Christians who influence local, state and federal law.