Legislative Update 2020 – Week 2

General Legislative Information
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Legislative Update: Week 2 (Feb. 11-13)
IN THIS ISSUE:

1. Condolences for two legislators and a Teen Eagle family
2. Status of bills we’re watching
3. EF in the media

This was a sad week for Alabama legislators and Eagle Forum as we grieve the sudden loss of Rep. Terri Collins, husband, Tom, and mourn the sudden loss of 15 year old Matthew Cleghorn, a sibling of two of our Montgomery area Teen Eagles. Rep. Jim Carns lost his wife who was also his high school sweetheart the week before the session began. Please keep all three families in your prayers.

Gender Is Real Legislative Act (GIRL Act)

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: This bill had a public hearing on 2/13/20 however there was no motion to vote on it. It is expected to be up for a vote on Wednesday 2/19/20 at 3:00PM in room 206 (State Government Committee).

EF’s POSITION: We support this bill.

ACTION: Call the House State Government Committee members and ask them to support this important bill that protects women.

SEE FAST FACTS 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

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. This bill would establish the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission, establish and administer a patient registry system; issue medical cannabis cards; issue licenses for the cultivating, processing, dispensing,transporting, and testing of medical cannabis; adopt rules; impose restrictions on licensee activity; and generally regulate, administer, and enforce a medical cannabis program in the state.

STATUS: The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday 2/19/20 at 8:30am in room 325.

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:

ACTION: Call the Senate Judiciary Committee and ask them to vote “NO” on this bill.

MANDATORY IMMUNIZATION DATABASE

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: The House Health Committee will hold a public hearing on this bill on Wednesday, 2/19/20 at 10:30am in room 206.

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 is outside the scope of what we are comfortable with.

ACTION: Contact House Health Committee members and ask them 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

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. Rep. Rod Scott who has introduced a bill prohibiting FGM over the past few sessions, also making it a Class B felony, has introduced his bill HB170 which is still in committee.

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

The resolution declaring Pornography as a Public Health Crisis passed the Senate on the first day of the session. After its passage, reporter Kyle Whitmire from AL.com wrote a disparaging piece about it. His article spurred several people to write articles is support.

Yellowhammer: State Rep. Garrett: Pornography is a public health crisis
AL.com: Yes, pornography is indeed a public health emergency
AL.com: Alabama’s resolution to declare pornography a public health crisis is urgently needed

Avemariaradio.net: Listen to this excellent interview with Melea Stephens, Birmingham Marriage and Family Counselor and board member of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, as she explains why pornography IS a public health crisis. (Interview is from 17:40 min-35:00)

The sponsors of the Senate and House resolutions will be on Alabama Public Television’s Capitol Journal Friday night at 7:30 discussing this important issue. We encourage you to watch the episode. The resolution will be brought to the House floor in the near future and we will keep you posted.

Eagle Forum Participated in a Lottery Town Hall on ABC 33/40

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This Town Hall: Your Voice Your Future program focused on why Alabama is the only southern state now without a lottery, what it would take to make the change, and how current laws and politics factor into the current status. It’s a complicated matter and this panel explains the intricacies as well as the pros and cons for our state. Eagle Forum has always opposed a statewide lottery.

WEEK 2 LEGISLATIVE RADIO UPDATE

Listen to Eagle Forum’s Executive Director, Becky Gerritson discuss highlights from week 2 of the AL Legislative Session with Tactics Radio host, Caleb Colquitt. (Click on the picture to listen. The clip is from 0:00-27:00.

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Week 1 (Feb. 4-6)
Lottery Town Hall (Feb. 12)

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ALABAMA LOTTERY TOWN HALL ON ABC 33/40

ALABAMA LOTTERY TOWN HALL ON ABC 33/40

Eagle Forum Participated in a Lottery Town Hall on ABC 33/40

This Town Hall: Your Voice Your Future program focused on why Alabama is the only southern state now without a lottery, what it would take to make the change, and how current laws and politics factor into the current status. It’s a complicated matter and this panel explains the intricacies as well as the pros and cons for our state.

Click the picture to watch. Use time marks listed in each section if you don’t have time to watch in its entirety.

Part 1: (Min: 0:00-7:15) Introduction of the Lottery in AL Pam Huff ABC 33/40 Host/Moderator and comments from Sen. Del Marsh

Part 2: (Min: 9:17-28:30 ) The Legal Aspects Panelists: Paul DeMarco, Former Legislator, Chairman Jefferson Co. Republican Party and Glenn Murdock, Former Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice

Part 3: (Min: 30:29-49:40) Pros and Cons Panelists: Steve Griffin, Alabama Silver Haired Legislature, Becky Gerritson, Alabama Eagle Forum, Dr. Joe Godfrey, Alabama Citizens Action Program

Part 4: (Min: 51:41- 59:51) Conclusion Pam Huff ABC 33/40 Host and Lauren Walsh ABC33/40 Political Reporter.

 

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Legislative Update 2020 – Week 1

General Legislative Information
Use these links for Alabama Legislative Information Systems Online:
Home Page, State Senators, House Reps, Bills, Listen/Watch online

Eagle Forum Priorities for the 2020 Legislative Session

Eagle Forum is committed to keeping you informed regularly about legislation that is moving its way through the Alabama legislature. Our legislative priorities for the 2020 Regular Session are: A resolution declaring Pornography as a Public Health Crisis, banning female genital mutilation (FGM) and Anti-Human trafficking legislation. We will be keeping an eye on lottery/gambling legislation, medical marijuana, Pre-K-12 grade education issues and other legislation that effects the welfare, security and freedoms of Alabama families.

Legislative Update: Week 1 (Feb. 4-6)

Resolution Declaring Pornography as a Public Health Crisis

EXCELLENT NEWS: On the first day of the legislative session the AL Senate unanimously passed a resolution declaring pornography as a public health crisis. This is one of our priority pieces of legislation. The Executive Director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), Dawn Hawkins, wrote a national press release praising this move and explains why it is so important that the AL House do the same. Read the NCOSE press release here.

WEEKLY LEGISLATIVE RADIO UPDATE

Listen to Eagle Forum’s Executive Director, Becky Gerritson discuss highlights from week 1 of the AL Legislative Session with Tactics Radio host, Caleb Colquitt. (Click on the picture to listen. The clip is from 0.00-30.33)

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The Fate of ALL Public Schooled Students Was Just Sealed by Five State School Board Members

***NEWS RELEASE*** 

For Immediate Release December 12, 2019
CONTACT: Becky Gerritson [email protected] or at 334-452-0453

The Fate of ALL Public Schooled Students Was Just
Sealed by Five State School Board Members

Today the Alabama State Board of Education voted to approve the 2019 Math Course of Study which all Alabama public schooled students will be required to use for the next six years.

Eagle Forum of Alabama prepared a side-by-side comparison* between the “new” 2019 Alabama Math Standards and the Common Core State Standards, and it shows they are almost identical. With few exceptions the standards not only use the exact wording or phrasing from Common Core, but in almost all cases they are in the same exact order as the Common Core! Besides an added experimental geometry/Data Analysis course in high school which has never been tested or proven, there are very few other significant changes to those standards. Alabama had NO input into the CC standards before adopting them along with 40 other states. Since their adoption Alabama has fallen to the bottom on NAEP scores, and America has declined dramatically in math achievement compared to other developed nations.

President, Eunie Smith said, “We commend those 3 elected board members – Jackie Zeigler, Stephanie Bell and Wayne Reynolds – who wisely voted to stop CC Math and wanted to replace it with classic math that works. They actually listened to the people of Alabama and voted with them in mind.”

Eagle Forum Executive Director Becky Gerritson explained, “Each board member had a printed version of our side-by-side comparison in front of them as they voted. They could see for themselves the undeniable fact that the proposed Alabama Standards ARE still Common Core. Governor Ivey, Cynthia McCarty, Traci West, Jeff Newman, and Yvette Richardson voted to continue Common Core. It feels like a slap in the face to all those parents and teachers who comprise the majority of Alabama and who want proven, classic math standards.”

The vote today shows that Alabamians cannot turn appointment of the school board over to the Governor (via Amendment One) and expect to get rid of Common Core because the Governor voted for CC Math today. This vote to continue CC Math for another 6 years is a vote to continue failure. We must do better for our students and our state.

*The comparisons can be seen at https://alabamaeagle.org/2019/11/30/side-by-side-comparison-2019-new-al-math-standards-vs-common-core-state-standards/

“New” AL Math Standards ARE Common Core! Vote is Dec 12th-We Need More “NO” Votes

URGENT: We need the AL State School Board and Gov Ivey to vote “NO” on the “New” AL Math Standards because they are Common Core! See for yourself. The vote is Thursday, Dec. 12th. WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH VOTES TO KILL IT YET. WE NEED YOU to contact Gov Ivey and your school board member now. Find out details in this less than 2 minute clip. PLEASE SHARE! TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

Side by Side K-8 Math Standards Course of Study Comparison

Eagle Forum of Alabama’s position on the teaching of origins in Alabama public schools

Eagle Forum has not and does not object to the teaching of evolution. To the contrary, Eagle Forum advocates that students be correctly taught about origins. For example, good education requires defining terms: “evolution” — i.e., microevolution (observable changes within a species) and macroevolution (changes from one species into another).
In order to stimulate inquiry, Eagle Forum also advocates that students be informed of current scientific problems with Darwinian evolution, rather than its being taught as undisputed fact.

Joan Kendall, Eagle Forum of Alabama Science Education Chairman

Teaching of origins has always been controversial since the publication of Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species. Eagle Forum’s position is that:

• Origins in public schools must be presented in a way that helps students HOW to think scientifically rather than WHAT to think about science.
• Good science teaching presents the content of scientific theories as well as any unanswered questions and problems with scientific theories; and it challenges students to think creatively about how to improve and even what would be required to replace one.
• Good science instructors must teach that a theory should always conform to the data and not be imposed upon the data.
• The ultimate goal is to produce students who will understand the nature of science and be able to contribute to its advancement.

Norris Anderson, Science Consultant to Eagle Forum of Alabama, and former biology teacher and textbook writer for major publisher

“Abandon This Approach.” Mathematician-Dr. Milgram’s Review of 9-12 Grade AL “New” Math Standards)

Dr. James Milgram,  (bio below) reviewed the new proposed 2019 AL Math Standards for 9-12 grade.  Read his scathing review here: https://alabamaeagle.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Dr-Milgram-Scathing-Review-9-12-AL-new-Math-Standards-Nov-2019-Plus-original-review-from-spring-2019.pdf

BIO: R. J. Milgram is emeritus professor of mathematics at Stanford University. He has served on the board of directors for the National Institute for Education Sciences, the NASA Advisory Council, and the Achieve Mathematics Advisory Panel. He was the sole expert in mathematics itself among the original members of the Common Core Validation Committee. From 2002 to 2005, Professor Milgram headed a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education that identified and described the key mathematics that K-8 teachers need to know. He also helped to direct a project partially funded by the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation that evaluated state mathematics assessments. He was one of the four main authors of the 1997 – 2010 California Mathematics Standards, as well as one of the two main authors of the California Mathematics Framework. He was also one of the main advisors for the mathematics standards previous to Common Core in Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts , Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Texas. Among many other honors, he held the Gauss Professorship at the University of Goettingen, the Regent’s Professorship at the University of New Mexico, and Distinguished Visiting Professorships at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and at the University of Lille. R. J. Milgram has published over 100 research papers in mathematics and four books, as well as serving as an editor of many others. He currently works on questions in robotics and protein folding. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the
University of Minnesota.

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Side by Side Comparison of AL Math Standards vs Common Core for Grades: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

HIGHLIGHTED SIDE-BY-SIDE COMPARISONS:

Grades K-5 Side-by-Side Comparison with Highlighting by Danny Hubbard and J.R. Wilson: https://alabamaeagle.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/K-5-AL-Math-Standards-vs.-Common-Core-HIGHLIGHTED.pdf

Grades 6-8 Side-by-Side Comparison with Highlighting by Danny Hubbard: https://alabamaeagle.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/6-8-Comparison-Common-Core-Math-AL-math-with-Highlights.pdf

Grades 9-12 Side-by-Side Comparison with Highlighting by J.R. Wilson.  The Math Course of Study added a new experimental class called Geometry with Data Analysis that has never been proven or tested that we believe will be a complete disaster.  Other than that there are few changes to the Common Core. https://alabamaeagle.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/9-12-grade-side-by-side-comparison-AL-2019-math-COS-vs-Common-Core-.pdf

VERSION WITH NO-HIGHLIGHTING: Side by Side comparison math K thru 8