EF Applauds AL Campus Free Speech Bill HB498

Thursday, April 25, 2019

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EAGLE FORUM OF ALABAMA SUPPORTS THE CAMPUS FREE SPEECH BILL

Eagle Forum of Alabama is proud to endorse House Bill 498, the Alabama Campus Free Speech Act. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Matt Fridy, R-Montevallo, one of the strongest voices in the Alabama legislature in support of individual liberty and our Constitutional principles of limited government. Historically, Alabama’s public institutions of higher education have embraced a commitment to free speech and expression. The freedom to respectfully debate opinions and ideas with those with whom we disagree is a bedrock principle of American liberty. Public universities have been called “peculiarly the marketplace of ideas” because of their unique place in the development of the hearts and minds of our Republic. However, in recent decades, universities around the country have seen the erosion of this cherished freedom through ambiguous or overbroad policy codes, erroneously titled free-speech zones, and an inability of the university administration to protect and uphold these rights on campus.

It is a matter of statewide concern that all public institutions of higher education provide adequate safeguards for the First Amendment rights of students. This bill will empower Alabama public university administrators to ensure that their campuses promote free, robust, and uninhibited debate and deliberation by students and faculty across the state of Alabama. The bill will accomplish this in three ways. First, it will eliminate overbroad and ambiguous speech policies that infringe on expression protected by the US and Alabama constitutions, checked by constitutional limitations. Second, it will eliminate Free-Speech-Zones. And third, it will empower the universities to protect free expression by members of the campus community from unlawful violations by other members of the campus community.

No issue is more important to Eagle Forum, or to America, than education. The growing threats to liberty of thought and expression in our public university systems are only the most disturbing symptoms of a more general decline in American education. Eagle Forum President Eunie Smith says, “America’s founding values cannot survive unless they are taught in our schools at every level.” Protecting freedom of speech at Alabama’s public colleges and universities is a first step in the direction of a much-needed revival of American education. Eagle Forum of Alabama stands strongly behind HB 498 and calls on the citizens of this great state to support this timely measure.

Legislative Update 2020 – Week 4

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THE VULNERABLE CHILD COMPASSION AND PROTECTION ACT
(VCAP)

PASSED HOUSE AND SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEES!

SPONSORS:  Rep. Wes Allen HB303  and Sen. Shay Shellnut SB219
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This bill would prohibit the performance of a medical procedure or the prescription or issuance of medication, upon or to a minor child, that is intended to alter the minor child’s gender [sex] or delay puberty, with certain exceptions. This bill would provide for the disclosure of certain information concerning students to parents by schools.

UPDATED STATUS:  Both bills passed out of the House and Senate Health Committees with two friendly amendments and will head to the floor of both chambers for debate. One of our witnesses was threatened and another of our witnesses was harassed by the opposition immediately after the Senate hearing ended. The bill sponsors and supporters would appreciate your prayers as we move forward.  The opposition is rallying their troops to stop this important bill.   EF’s POSITION: We support this bill. In Alabama permanent life altering medical treatments are being given to minors who have false beliefs about their bodies. In some states healthy 13 year old girls are undergoing double mastectomies to alter their bodies and boys as young as 15 are getting castrated.  In Alabama minors are given hormones to delay natural puberty as well as cross sex hormones which can cause irreversible damage They may also be referred for surgery.  This bill gives children and adolescents time to mature in their healthy, developing bodies. It protects them until the age of 19 from harmful medications and procedures.    

RESOURCES:
Southeast Law Institute Bill (HB303, SB219) Summary
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Responding to the Transgender Issue-Parent Resource Guide (Excellent resource!)

Gender Is Real Legislative Act (GIRL Act)
NO NEW ACTION THIS WEEK

SPONSOR:  Rep Chris Pringle  Read HB35.  

DESCRIPTION: This bill would provide that public K-12 schools may not participate in, sponsor, or provide coaching staff for interscholastic athletic events at which athletes are allowed to participate in competition against athletes who are of a different biological gender, unless the event specifically includes both biological sexes.

STATUS:  Passed out of the House State Government Committee and is headed to the House floor for debate.  

EF’s POSITION: We support this bill. We had the opportunity to testify at the committee meeting.  Here are two articles from that meeting:

SEE FAST FACTS ON SPORTS FLYER HERE.  Flyer is from Parent Resource Guide which you can view here-see page 37 for graphics and p. 40 for end notes.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA
NO NEW ACTION THIS WEEK
 

SPONSOR: Sen. Tim Melson Read SB165

DESCRIPTION: This bill would authorize certain residents of this state diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition and designated caregivers to be registered and obtain a medical cannabis card, thereby authorizing the patient to use cannabis for medical use. 

STATUS:  The bill passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with several amendments added to it. Vote count:  8 yea, 1 “no” (Sen. Stutts), 1 “Abstain” (Sen. Givan). It is headed to the Senate floor. 

EF’s POSITION: We oppose this bill. Here is a link to more marijuana information from our national Eagle Forum website.  View marijuana flier here.  See the AL Attorney General’s letter to lawmakers to oppose Medical Marijuana 

 
MANDATORY IMMUNIZATION DATABASE
NO NEW ACTION THIS WEEK
 
 

SPONSOR: Rep. April Weaver Read HB103.  Sen. Tim Melson Read SB56

DESCRIPTION: This bill would require health care providers to report vaccines administered to the immunization registry and would require health care providers to review the registry before a vaccine is administered unless the health care provider has a bi-directional interface with the registry.

STATUS:   It passed out of the House Health Committee and is headed to the House floor.

EAGLE FORUM POSITION:  We do not view this bill as a “Vax” vs. “Antivax” bill.  Our issues lie with (1.) the inability to opt out and (2.) that patient information will be shared from the AL Department of Public Health which is not required to comply with HIPPAA guidelines in the way they collect, monitor and use patient private health information. Additionally, (3.) the types of personally identifiable information that would be collected are too invasive.

ACTION: Contact your House Rep and ask him/her to vote no. 

MORE INFO: For a detailed breakdown of this bill you can view these links: Keep Your Politics Out Of Our Healthcare: Update on SB56  and Spotlight on HB103: Immunization Tracking Bill.

BANNING FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION
NO NEW ACTION THIS WEEK
 
 
SPONSOR: Rep. Laura Hall  Read HB53

DESCRIPTION:Relating to crimes and offenses; to establish the crime of female genital mutilation.STATUS:   Rep. Laura Hall’s HB53 prohibiting Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and making it a Class B felony was amended in committee and passed on the House floor on Thursday.  View the roll call vote here

EAGLE FORUM POSITION:  We are supportive of prohibiting this atrocity and will follow these bills and make the necessary contacts along the way.  

 

RESOLUTION: PORNOGRAPHY AS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS
PASSED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR – A COPY WILL BE SENT TO THE GOVERNOR!
 
 

SPONSOR: Rep Danny Garrett SR7

DESCRIPTION: The resolution declaring Pornography as a Public Health Crisis 

STATUS:   This resolution was passed in the AL Senate on Feb. 4 and passed on the House floor on Feb. 27th.  It is now headed to the Governor’s desk for her signature. 

EAGLE FORUM POSITION:  This is one of our priority pieces of legislation.  Pornography is a public health risk.  Please see Fast Fact on Pornography here.  

 
 
 

WEEK 5 LEGISLATIVE RADIO UPDATE

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It’s Over! See Our Scorecard From the 2019 Legislative Session

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Dear Members,

The 2019 Alabama legislative session is over! We had some important wins this session and are especially grateful to the passage of the Human Life Protection Act by Rep. Terri Collins and the Campus Free Speech bill by Rep. Matt Fridy.

Scorecards are shown below on our priority bills and the bills we were involved in trying to stop. I would like to thank Margaret Clarke, Lu Rivera, Lori Herring, Eunie Smith, and Elaine Little who were actively involved in helping us monitor both good and bad bills working their way through the legislative process. We had a great time working together and we look forward to having an even larger team next session. We will be repeating our informative Legislative 101 seminar at the beginning of the 2020 legislative session which will help you better understand the legislative process, equip you to track bills online and give you the confidence to join our legislative team if you so choose.

Thanks for your support, Patriots!

Becky Gerritson
Executive Director, Eagle Forum of Alabama

 

EF PRIORITY BILLS
PASSED/DID NOT PASS/NEVER MADE IT TO THE FLOOR OR WAS CARRIED OVER (i.e. NO VOTE TAKEN)

Passed

Campus Free Speech HB498

Human Life Protection Act HB314

Release Time Religious Ed HB291

Human Trafficking HB261

Human Trafficking HB262

NEVER MADE IT TO THE FLOOR OR WAS
“CARRIED OVER” (i.e. NO VOTE TAKEN)

Born Alive Bill-Gianna’s Law HB491

Repeal of Common Core SB119

Ban Female Genital Mutilation HB421

Human Trafficking HB260

Human Trafficking HB264

 

EAGLE FORUM
ACTIVELY OPPOSED

PASSED/DID NOT PASS/NEVER MADE IT TO THE FLOOR OR WAS
“CARRIED OVER” (i.e. NO VOTE TAKEN)

Passed

Medical Marijuana SB236 (We opposed the original version.)

NEVER MADE IT TO THE FLOOR OR WAS
“CARRIED OVER” (i.e. NO VOTE TAKEN)

Statewide Lottery SB220

Mandatory Kindergarten-5 year-olds HB423

Appointed Superintendents SB222

Yoga taught in schools k-12 HB449

Greene Cty Electronic Bingo HB545

Macon Cty Electronic Bingo HB422

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Piers Morgan Slams Eagle Forum Executive Director on Good Morning Britain T.V. Show

Dear Members,

We are heading into week 10 of the legislative session. I was on Good Morning Britain (like our Good Morning America) this morning with Piers Morgan to talk about the Alabama abortion bill that was signed into law last week. He harshly scolded me for being “pro life” and for supporting capital punishment. He was clear in his position that he would rather kill babies than criminals. Watch here.

Only a few weeks left before the session ends. The statewide lottery bill is up for a final vote in the House tomorrow. See other details on bills below.

Thanks for your support, Patriots!

Becky Gerritson
Executive Director, Eagle Forum of Alabama

LEGISLATIVE WEEK 9 (May 14-16)

LOTTERY (SB220)

DESCRIPTION: Proposing an amendment to Section 65 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to establish an Alabama Lottery statewide; to provide for the sale of lottery tickets including instant tickets and multi-state lottery games; to provide for the distribution of lottery proceeds; and to require the Legislature to pass general laws to implement the amendment.

STATUS: This bill has passed the Senate and is awaiting final passage on the House Floor. Vote is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21st.

EF’s POSITION: We oppose this bill for these reasons.

ACTION: Find and contact your representative and ask for a “No” vote on the lottery bill SB220.

ALABAMA HUMAN LIFE PROTECTION ACT HB314
It PASSED and was signed into law on May 15th! A special Thank you to our legislature and our governor.

BORN ALIVE “GIANNA’S LAW” HB491

DESCRIPTION: This bill is cited as Gianna’s Law. This bill would require a physician to exercise reasonable care to preserve the life of a child born alive after an abortion or attempted abortion.

STATUS: On Wednesday, May 8, it passed out of the House Health Committee and was placed on the House Regular Calendar.

EF’S POSITION: We support it.

 

 

CAMPUS FREE SPEECH BILL (HB498)

DESCRIPTION: This bill would require state two-year and four-year colleges and universities to protect and uphold free speech rights for students and faculty, and would provide a cause of action for violations. See Eagle Forum’s press release here which describes why we need this bill and what it will accomplish.

STATUS: Waiting for a vote on the House floor.

EF’S POSITION: We support this bill. (EF’s 2019 priority bill)

APPOINTED STATE SCHOOL BOARD (SB397)

DESCRIPTION: This bill would propose an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to rename the State Board of Education as the Alabama Commission on Elementary and Secondary Education and to provide that the members of the commission are appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate.

STATUS: It passed the Senate on May 16th and is headed to the House Education Policy Committee.

EF’s POSITION: We believe that elections are the best way to hold officials accountable.

REMOVE RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION FOR VACCINES (HB592)

This bill has been pulled and will go no further.

YOGA BILL (HB449)

DESCRIPTION: This bill would authorize local boards of education to offer yoga to students in grades K to 12.

STATUS: Passed the House Education Committee on May 15th and was placed on the House Regular Calendar-waiting for a vote.

EF’S POSITION: Several people testified at the hearing about Yoga’s spiritual aspects which pushes it too close to teaching religion. Eagle Forum also testified about how the meditation aspects of Yoga cannot be removed from the exercises themselves. We hold the position that if parents want their children to engage in the practice of yoga that they do it on their own time and not in public schools with tax payer money.

ALABAMA RELEASED TIME CREDIT ACT (HB291)

DESCRIPTION: Relating to public K-12 education; to authorize local boards of education to allow released time for student participation in religious instruction in an elective course for purposes of satisfying certain curriculum requirements in public schools.

STATUS: It has passed the full house and passed out of the Senate Education Policy committee. It is on the Senate Regular Calendar and ready for debate and a vote on the Senate floor.

EF’S POSITION: We support it.

APPOINTED SUPERINTENDENTS (SB222)

DESCRIPTION: Under existing law, a county superintendent of education may be elected if authorized under a local law or amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901. This bill would require all county superintendents to be appointed by the county board of education, except as otherwise provided by the Constitution of Alabama of 1901. ( ALL local county superintendents will be appointed NOT elected by the people.)

STATUS: This bill has already passed the Senate, has been placed on the House Regular Calendar, and is awaiting a floor vote for final passage.

EF’S POSITION: We oppose this bill as we believe elections are the best way to hold public officials accountable.

ACTION: Find and contact your House member and ask them to vote NO on SB222.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA SB236

DESCRIPTION: This bill would exempt from the crime of unlawful possession of marijuana a person with a qualifying condition who has a valid medical cannabis card for the medical use of cannabis. EF has no problems with people using CBD oil for their health as it has been shown to be effective especially in pediatric epilepsy cases. Almost every state that has allowed for medical marijuana has opened the door to full blown recreational use.

STATUS: This bill has passed the Senate and is now in the House Judiciary Committee but no hearing/reading has been scheduled.

EF’s POSITION: We oppose this bill. (EF’s 2019 priority) Here is a link to more marijuana information from our national Eagle Forum website. View marijuana flier here.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING BILLS

DESCRIPTIONS:
HB260 This bill would require health care facilities to require certain employees to receive human trafficking training. There was a public hearing but there has not been a vote in committee yet.

HB261 This bill would require any trade school or junior college offering certain truck driving courses to offer training on the recognition, prevention, and reporting of human trafficking. This bill was strongly supported by Truckers Against Trafficking. It passed out of committee and is awaiting debate and vote on the House floor.

HB262 This bill would allow the disclosure of a certain person’s photograph after an arrest for prostitution. The idea behind this bill is to focus on the “Johns” i.e. those who are caught soliciting a prostitute. Their arrest pictures will become public record in hopes of detouring their behavior. HB262 passed out of committee and has been placed on the House Regular Calendar.

HB264. Under current law, the penalty for a first violation of failing to post human trafficking hotline information in certain establishments is a warning, and the penalty for a subsequent violation is $25. This bill would increase the penalty to $250 for a first violation and $2,500 for a subsequent violation.

EF’s POSITION: We support all of these bills. (EF’s 2019 priority bills)

BANNING FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (HB421)

DESCRIPTION: This bill would establish the crime of female genital mutilation, would provide criminal penalties, and would provide an exception only under limited circumstances when medically necessary.

STATUS: On Wednesday, May 1, it passed out of the House Judiciary Committee and was placed on the House Regular Calendar – waiting for a vote on the floor.

EF’S POSITION: We support it. (EF 2019 priority bill)

ACTION: Find and contact your House member and tell him/her to vote “YES” on HB421.

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Legislative Update Week 8

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Dear Members,

Week 8 was very busy as the legislature has increased their legislative days from two days a week to three. The bills we are tracking are listed below. The descriptions and Eagle Forum’s positions have not changed but in most cases the bills’ status has. We have also added a Yoga bill and a vaccine bill to our watch list. See details below.

Thank you, Patriots!

Becky Gerritson
Executive Director, Eagle Forum of Alabama

Week 8: May 7 – May 9

ALABAMA HUMAN LIFE PROTECTION ACT HB314

DESCRIPTION: This bill would make abortion and attempted abortion felony offenses except in cases where abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother. This bill would provide that a woman who receives an abortion will not be held criminally culpable or civilly liable for receiving the abortion.

STATUS: The Senate will vote on HB314 at 4:00 on Tuesday, May 14th. You can watch the Senate video live here beginning at 4:00PM on Tuesday, May 14th.

EF’S POSITION: We support it. (EF 2019 priority bill)

ACTION: See more detailed info and a video on the status of this bill here. Find and contact your senator and tell him/her to vote “YES” on HB314 with NO Amendments.

BORN ALIVE “GIANNA’S LAW” HB491

DESCRIPTION: This bill is cited as Gianna’s Law. This bill would require a physician to exercise reasonable care to preserve the life of a child born alive after an abortion or attempted abortion.

STATUS: On Wednesday, May 8, it passed out of the House Health Committee and was placed on the House Regular Calendar.

EF’S POSITION: We support it.

CAMPUS FREE SPEECH BILL (HB498)

DESCRIPTION: This bill would require state two-year and four-year colleges and universities to protect and uphold free speech rights for students and faculty, and would provide a cause of action for violations. See Eagle Forum’s press release here which describes why we need this bill and what it will accomplish.

STATUS: Eagle Forum testified in support of this bill during the public hearing on Wednesday. HB498 passed the House Education Policy Committee on May 9th and has been placed on the House Regular Calendar.

EF’S POSITION: We support this bill. (EF’s 2019 priority bill)

APPOINTED STATE SCHOOL BOARD (SB397)

DESCRIPTION: This bill would propose an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to rename the State Board of Education as the Alabama Commission on Elementary and Secondary Education and to provide that the members of the commission are appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate.

STATUS: It will be in the Senate Education Policy committee on Wednesday at 2:45PM in room 825.

EF’s POSITION: We believe that elections are the best way to hold officials accountable.

REMOVE RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION FOR VACCINES (HB592)

DESCRIPTION: This bill would remove the religious exemption for immunization of children in schools.

STATUS: This bill was introduced but the sponsor got so much blow back that he said he is not moving forward with the bill.

EF’S POSITION: We are glad the sponsor the pulled this bill. Parents should have the right to opt their children out of vaccines.

YOGA BILL (HB449)

DESCRIPTION: This bill would authorize local boards of education to offer yoga to students in grades K to 12.

STATUS: HB449 had a public hearing in the House Education Committee on May 8th. The committee will vote on May 15th.

EF’S POSITION: Several people testified at the hearing about Yoga’s spiritual aspects which pushes it too close to teaching religion. Eagle Forum also testified about how the meditation aspects of Yoga cannot be removed from the exercises themselves. We hold the position that if parents want their children to engage in the practice of yoga that they do it on their own time and not in public schools with tax payer money.

ACTION: Contact the House Education Policy Committee members and ask them to vote no on the Yoga bill HB449.

ALABAMA RELEASED TIME CREDIT ACT (HB291)

DESCRIPTION: Relating to public K-12 education; to authorize local boards of education to allow released time for student participation in religious instruction in an elective course for purposes of satisfying certain curriculum requirements in public schools.

STATUS: It has passed the full house and passed out of the Senate Education Policy committee. It is on the Senate Regular Calendar and ready for debate and a vote on the Senate floor.

EF’S POSITION: We support it.

APPOINTED SUPERINTENDENTS (SB222)

DESCRIPTION: Under existing law, a county superintendent of education may be elected if authorized under a local law or amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901. This bill would require all county superintendents to be appointed by the county board of education, except as otherwise provided by the Constitution of Alabama of 1901. ( ALL local county superintendents will be appointed NOT elected by the people.)

STATUS: This bill has already passed the Senate, has been placed on the House Regular Calendar, and is awaiting a floor vote for final passage.

EF’S POSITION: We oppose this bill as we believe elections are the best way to hold public officials accountable.

ACTION: Find and contact your House member and ask them to vote NO on SB222.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA SB236

DESCRIPTION: This bill would exempt from the crime of unlawful possession of marijuana a person with a qualifying condition who has a valid medical cannabis card for the medical use of cannabis. EF has no problems with people using CBD oil for their health as it has been shown to be effective especially in pediatric epilepsy cases. Almost every state that has allowed for medical marijuana has opened the door to full blown recreational use.

STATUS: This bill has passed the Senate and is now in the House Health Committee but no hearing/reading has been scheduled.

EF’s POSITION: We oppose this bill. (EF’s 2019 priority) Here is a link to more marijuana information from our national Eagle Forum website. View marijuana flier here.

LOTTERY (SB220)

DESCRIPTION: Proposing an amendment to Section 65 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to establish an Alabama Lottery statewide; to provide for the sale of lottery tickets including instant tickets and multi-state lottery games; to provide for the distribution of lottery proceeds; and to require the Legislature to pass general laws to implement the amendment.

STATUS: This bill has passed the Senate and has been placed in the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee.

EF’s POSITION: We oppose this bill for these reasons.

ACTION: Contact the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee members ask for a “No” vote on the lottery bill SB220.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING BILLS

DESCRIPTIONS:
HB260 This bill would require health care facilities to require certain employees to receive human trafficking training. There was a public hearing but there has not been a vote in committee yet.

HB261 This bill would require any trade school or junior college offering certain truck driving courses to offer training on the recognition, prevention, and reporting of human trafficking. This bill was strongly supported by Truckers Against Trafficking. It passed out of committee and is awaiting debate and vote on the House floor.

HB262 This bill would allow the disclosure of a certain person’s photograph after an arrest for prostitution. The idea behind this bill is to focus on the “Johns” i.e. those who are caught soliciting a prostitute. Their arrest pictures will become public record in hopes of detouring their behavior. HB262 passed out of committee and has been placed on the House Regular Calendar.

HB264. Under current law, the penalty for a first violation of failing to post human trafficking hotline information in certain establishments is a warning, and the penalty for a subsequent violation is $25. This bill would increase the penalty to $250 for a first violation and $2,500 for a subsequent violation.

EF’s POSITION: We support all of these bills. (EF’s 2019 priority bills)

BANNING FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (HB421)

DESCRIPTION: This bill would establish the crime of female genital mutilation, would provide criminal penalties, and would provide an exception only under limited circumstances when medically necessary.

STATUS: On Wednesday, May 1, it passed out of the House Judiciary Committee and was placed on the House Regular Calendar.

EF’S POSITION: We support it. (EF 2019 priority bill)

ACTION: Find and contact your House member and tell him/her to vote “YES” on HB421.

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2019

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL IMPACT

  • Hand-picked by the White House to attend policy briefings between senior White House staff and a small number of conservative organizations.
  • Hosted a national Secure the Grid Press Conference on the AL Capital steps with pre-eminent authorities on Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) including Ambassador Henry Cooper, General Ken Chrosniak, Frank Gaffney and others.
  • After passage of the AL Human Life Protection Act, EF participated in multiple foreign TV and radio interviews encouraging pro-life policies in England, Sweden, and Germany.
  • EF leaders attended the 2019 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit in DC. Afterwards, Eagle Forum was instrumental in coordinating meetings between EF and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation with high level officials at the U.S. DoJ to encourage enforcement of current obscenity laws which will greatly reduce vile pornography that is destroying our culture.
  • 14 Alabama Eagles attended Eagle Council 2019 in DC where we networked with other EF state leaders and learned how to combat threats facing our nation. We visited with all Alabama House and Senate members in their offices about numerous issues.

 

STATEWIDE IMPACT

  • Significantly increased our volunteer “boots on the ground” in Montgomery which lead to a daily presence at the State House during the 2019 legislative session. We regularly participate in meetings of the AL State School Board, AL Charter School Commission, AL Human Trafficking Task Force, Medical Cannabis Study Commission, AL Fair Ballot Commission and more.
  • Hosted a Legislature 101 Seminar at the State House to educate the public on how the legislature operates, how to use of the legislative online system and how to engage as citizen activists.
  • EF’s briefing to the Governor and other officials resulted in the State School Board’s postponement of the adoption of the new Math Course of Study that actually doubled down on Common Core’s failures.
  • Drafted the Campus Free Speech bill which now protects and empowers students who exercise their First Amendment rights when speaking against leftist, socialistic and anti-Christian agendas.
  • Strongly supported and helped educate legislators on the AL Human Life Protection Act. EF promoted, spoke at and documented online the inspiring Students for Life Rally on the Capital steps.
  • EF is a member of the Anti-Human Trafficking coalition that helped educate legislators about multiple bills introduced to curb human trafficking. In 2020, EF will introduce an important initiative to address pornography use which has become a national public health crisis.
  • Produced a weekly legislative email on our priority bills throughout the 2019 legislative session.
  • Started a new Teen Eagle (TE) chapter in Montgomery and continuing to grow the Pelham chapter. EF plans to add TE internships at the State House during the 2020 legislative session.
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