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Sun May 21, 2017, 09:55 AM

Here's what passed and failed during Alabama legislative session

A few interesting ones.

Source: al.com, AP

WHAT WAS APPROVED:

JUDICIAL OVERRIDE
Alabama ended its outlier status of allowing a judge to override a jury's sentencing recommendation in death penalty cases. Alabama had been the only state that allowed a judge to impose the death penalty when a jury has recommended life imprisonment. A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers had pushed for the change. It will affect only future cases and not inmates currently on death row.

CONFEDERATE MONUMENT PROTECTIONS
The bill prohibits the removal, alteration and relocation of any monument that has stood on public property for more than 40 years. A new state commission would have to approve changes for those that have stood for more than 20 years. The measure comes as some Southern cities rethink the appropriateness of Confederate emblems. Black lawmakers opposed the bill.

CROSSOVER VOTING BAN
Alabama voters would be prohibited from voting in a political party runoff if they voted in the preceding primary election of the other party. The bill was passed to prevent voters from one party trying to sway the outcome of the other party's runoff election.



WHAT FAILED:

PERMITLESS GUN CARRY
The bill would have allowed people to carry a handgun without getting a concealed carry permit. The bill cleared the Senate but stalled in the House amid heavy opposition from law enforcement officers across the state.

More at: http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2017/05/heres_what_passed_and_failed_d.html#incart_river_home

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