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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Students For Life Rally

Eagle Forum was honored to take part in the Students For Life rally at the capitol in Montgomery, AL. These AMAZING speakers told incredible personal stories and also refuted the myths about abortion. We encourage you to watch these courageous people, from all walks of life, who are standing for life. Their stories will strengthen your resolve and arm you with facts to help you defend life as you engage others who support abortion.

A big thanks to Jack Temple Video for filming this rally for us. Please forward this email to your friends and family. Sign up for our email updates here.

Nancy had 2 abortions. 10 years later she was raped and impregnated with twins. She birthed and raised them. Hear her AMAZING story.

Ryan is a “product of rape”. Listen to his powerful story. He will motivate you in your quest to promote life no matter the circumstance of conception.

Tijuanna shares her courageous story of healing after 2 abortions. Listen how her second abortion opened her eyes to the truth that a fetus is NOT just a “clump of cells”.

Becky refutes the myths that are being told about rape and abortion. She shares facts that pro-lifers can use when when defending life.

Rep. Terri Collins celebrates the passing of the Alabama Human Life Protection Act. 

Kristan shares the mission of and the strides being made by Students for Life across the country.

Elizabeth explains how abortion has devastated minorities. “This is a civil rights issue!”

Joy shares the resources available to women in crisis pregnancy situations.

Sarah explains the crimes of Planned Parenthood in Alabama.

Kay runs a home for homeless pregnant moms In Alabama.

 

Piers Morgan SCOLDS Eagle Forum Exec Director in Abortion Debate+ Week 9 Legislative Update

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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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Students for life Pro-Life Rally this Wednesday

Join us for a rally as we celebrate LIFE this Wednesday, May 22nd, at 11AM on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery. Students for Life will be hosting the event. Eagle Forum Executive Director Becky Gerritson will be one of many dynamic speakers. Others include:

Kristan Hawkins, Students for Life (Emcee)
Ryan Bomberger, The Radiance Foundation
Sarah Howell, CEC for Life
Joy Pinto, Her Choice Birmingham
Nancy Kelly, courageous mother who chose Life after conceiving in rape
Elizabeth Parker, Minority Outreach Coordinator for Students for Life
Janet Lee Marino, conceived in rape

The Alabama State Capitol’s main front steps area is on the west side of the building, facing the intersection of Bainbridge and Dexter Avenue.

We will celebrate how pro-life and pro-woman Alabama is with the recent passing of the toughest anti-abortion law in the country.

EAGLE FORUM PRAISES THE PASSAGE OF THE ALABAMA HUMAN LIFE PROTECTION ACT

EAGLE FORUM OF ALABAMA PRAISES THE PASSAGE OF THE ALABAMA HUMAN LIFE PROTECTION ACT
 
Eagle Forum applauds the Alabama legislature for passing the Alabama Human Life Protection Act (HB314).  HB314 was passed Tuesday evening and is now the most restrictive abortion bill in the country. 
 
The author of the bill, Rep. Terri Collins, wrote the bill as a challenge to the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Row v. Wade.  That court case ruled that the fetus growing inside the mother was not a person and therefore was not guaranteed protection under the U.S. Constitution.  Since that decision more than 50 million babies have been aborted in America. 
 
Through modern technology like 4-D ultrasound we now know without a doubt that the fetus is an actual person, and we also know that babies do feel pain at an early stage of gestation.  This new technology motivated the bill’s sponsors to challenge Roe v Wade by establishing personhood.  An amendment added for rape or incest would have destroyed the personhood argument.  It would have been inconsistent to argue that the unborn child IS a person, but that if he is conceived as a result of rape or incest, he is NOT a person.  The fact that this bill was passed in its original form is a testament to how hard the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Collins and Sen. Clyde Chambliss, worked to educate their colleagues on why a clean vote was so important.  
 
Becky Gerritson, Eagle Forum of Alabama Executive Director said, “This is an historic day for Alabama.  The Alabama Human Life Protection Act is a monumental piece of legislation to protect the unborn, and we are grateful to Representative Collins and Senator Clyde Chambliss for their passion for the unborn and for sponsoring this historic legislation.”  Eunie Smith, President of Eagle Forum, added her praise by saying, “We are grateful to all Alabama legislators who said with their votes that every life is sacred.  We are grateful to Gov. Kay Ivey who has pledged to sign the bill. We are grateful to the countless Alabamians who supported this timely and timeless move.  It is our prayer that it will be used to overturn Roe v. Wade and stop the slaughter of the innocent in America.”

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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AL Abortion Bill Is Hanging In The Balance–Vote Is Tuesday, May 14th

ALABAMA ABORTION BILL ALERT!
What you need to know about the Alabama Human Life Protection Act.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNwPzQMAJL0&fbclid=IwAR2W6gQg152oAcpXK8ARxw4Op9KLY0ac71yGI1bThtm14qO93DA-Vma6nSI

PURPOSE OF THE ALABAMA HUMAN LIFE PROTECTION ACT
HB314 bans abortion for any reason EXCEPT for the life of the mother.  The bill’s purpose is to establish personhood of the unborn child and to challenge Roe v Wade which ruled that the unborn is not a person and does not deserve protection under the U.S. Constitution.

CURRENT STATUS OF THE BILL
HB314 passed the AL House of Representatives in its original form on April 30th.  It was in the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday, May 8th and Sen. Whatley (R-Auburn) added an amendment which allows abortions for rape or incest.  The amendment was passed in committee by a voice vote and was added to the bill.  The amended bill came to the senate floor on May 9th for debate and a final vote.  There was a motion to “table” the amendment which was quickly accepted.  (“Table” means to remove the amendment.)  So now the bill is back to its original form which is where it needs to be to challenge Roe V. Wade.  The Senate then adjourned for the weekend.  They will come back on Tuesday, May 14th at 4:00PM to vote on the bill.  We know they will try to add the amendment back on before the final vote.
 
WHY WE CAN’T ALLOW AMENDMENTS TO BE ADDED
The bill’s purpose is to establish personhood.  If an amendment is added for rape or incest then that destroys the personhood argument.  It would be inconsistent to say that the unborn child IS a person, but that if he is conceived as a result of rape or incest, he is NOT a person.  An amendment would destroy the bill’s chance to challenge Roe V. Wade.  If we are going to abolish abortion, WE MUST PASS A CLEAN BILL.
 
WHY THE BILL IS HANGING IN THE BALANCE
Almost half of the republican senators and all of the democrats will try to add an exemption for rape and incest.   Before Tuesday, May 14th, we must convince the republican senators to pass a clean bill.  THEY NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU!  (Remember, it was a republican who added the amendment in committee!)
 
CONTACT YOUR SENATOR NOW
Find your senator.  Contact your senator.
Just leave a message saying: “Please pass HB314-the Alabama Human Life Protection Act (or the abortion bill) in its original form with NO amendments!”  It’s as easy as that.  You won’t have to debate anyone or explain anything-it can be as simple as one sentence.  They are waiting to hear from you.  I can assure the pro-abortion folks will be burning up their lines telling them to add the amendment.  We must out-number them!
 
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EF Applauds AL Campus Free Speech Bill HB498

Thursday, April 25, 2019

****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

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.

The Truth About Gambling That You Will Not Hear From The Lottery Proponents

2019 Alabama Lottery Bill

By Danny Hubbard (Researcher, Author and Christian Radio Co-Host)

Here we go again! We fought off gambling years ago and it continues to raise its’ ugly head again. This time the bill was introduced by Senator Jim McClendon, who happens to be one of the state senators who represents a portion of my county, Talladega County. I have to say, “shame on you Senator McClendon” and any politician who supports the Lottery.

I was told that the people in certain districts want the Lottery. People in certain districts may want prostitution to become legal, but that does not mean our elected officials should ask for a referendum to legalize prostitution. Is there no moral fiber left in America? Alabama?

You will not hear the Lottery proponents talk about what is within this document, because the facts in this document do not paint a pretty picture of the affects the Lottery WILL have on Alabamians, if it passes.

Alabama is considered one of the top 2 conservative states in America and 3rd most Evangelical state in the union. Let us show Alabama, America and the World, that we will maintain these leading stats by voting against the Lottery.

Alabama is also ranked 4th as the poorest state in America. It has been proven in virtually every state that has legalized the Lottery, the majority of participants in the Lottery are the lower income minorities who buy most of the tickets. To vote for the Lottery for the sake of taxes, economic growth, satisfying the government spending, etc. is to say to these lower income families: “We really do not care how it affects your family because we can help solve our budget crisis in state government with the Lottery income”. Let me put it another way. Would you be willing to tell your family, “Family, as the head of this household, I have decided to spend most of our income on Lottery tickets to win $30 or more at a winning ratio of 1:2944”. (stoppredatorygambling.org-Lottery is a tax). You might say, “Has Dad lost his marbles?” But that is exactly what happens with many thousands of families across America who spend most of their money on lottery tickets which is needed for food, clothing, shoes, etc..

Here are some quick facts about the effects of gambling. Playing the lottery could lead to compulsive gambling. You will not become a gambling addict if you never gamble. (Casino Watch.com)

  •  60% of those addicted to gambling will commit crimes[1]
  • 20% of gambling addicts commit or attempt suicide[2]
  • 63% of gambling addicts are alcoholics[3]
  • 20% of addicted gamblers have filed for bankruptcy[4]
  • 50% will abuse spouses and children[5]
  • 20% of the homeless are gambling addicts[6]
  • 50% of gambling addicts will divorce[7]
  • The average (gambling) debt is between $63,000 and $110,000[8]

Here are some more facts about gambling and the affects it has on families and societies as a whole. This is not to say that everyone who buys a lottery ticket will fall into one of these categories, but the possibility of someone who begins to play the lottery has the potential to become addicted to it.

  • “The rate of attempted suicide among compulsive gamblers is 200 times the national average.”[9]
  • “More than 53 percent reported having been divorced in the National Opinion Research Center survey. Multiple failed marriages also are higher among gamblers than the population in general.”[10]
  • “Problem gamblers are 10 times more likely to be involved in a hospital emergency room [for treatment] than non-gamblers.”[11]
  • “Research shows that if you have a gambling problem you will likely have an alcohol problem as well, and a drug problem.”[12]
  • “for every dollar raised for the state by a lottery an additional 52 cents must be taken in to pay the expenses of raising that dollar”.[13]
  • “Nearly all of the lottery gambling was paid for by spending less on non-gambling items, including clothing, food, and rent. These numbers are the average over all low income households.[14]
  • Lotteries are exempt from the Federal Trade Commission truth-in-advertising laws. Instead, the states are self-regulating, allowing lotteries to get away with misleading and predatory advertising far beyond what private businesses are allowed. [15]
  • The poorest third of households buy half of all lotto tickets, Duke University study in the 1980s.[16]
  • Most lottery tickets are bought in places with more minorities. Nationwide, African Americans spend five times more on lottery tickets than white people.[17]

Will the lottery bring in revenue to the state? Sure, it will. However, how many families are worth breaking up, how many deaths are you willing to sacrifice? Are you willing to sacrifice your family and subject them to the potential disasters mentioned above? If so, you do not have much respect nor regard for your family!

The gambling society will have millions of dollars to put into advertising the Lottery on TV, Radio and the Printed Press. They will paint the pretty picture of how rich you can get by buying a lottery ticket and how it will turn your life around. There is some truth in this last statement, for it could very well turn your life around and upside down.

Why would anyone want to subject their family to the potential problems that gambling could bring about within their lives and the lives of their loved ones? I hope you will call your state senators, state house representatives, friends and family and tell them to vote NO to the lottery in Alabama. We have provided you with FACTS about the lottery and gambling. We hope you will say NO to the Lottery and help us fight against the evils that the lottery brings to our lives.

P.S. For those of you who believe the Bible is truly God’s Word: 

Proverbs 13:11 “Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.” In other words, God blesses the labor of our hands but will cause vain ways of obtaining wealth to become less and become a loss. Gambling is pure vanity and the Lottery is gambling.

[1] California Council on Problem Gambling

[2] National Council on Problem Gambling

[3] California Council on Problem Gambling

[4] Prof. John Warren Kindt Bankruptcy Developments Journal, volume 19, No.1

[5] National Research Council, The Guardian

[6] Atlantic City Rescue Mission and Association of Gospel Rescue Missions in Kansas

[7] National Opinion Research Center survey

[8] CT Department of Mental Health

[9] 9/6/99 The Advocate

[10] Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc., 5/22/06

[11] www.ctnow.com, 10/19/04

[12] MIDWEST CONFERENCE ON PROBLEM GAMBLING & SUBSTANCE ABUSE

[13] NASPL sales data

[14] National Bureau of Economic Research

[15] Report to the National Gambling Impact Study Commission

[16] Duke University study in the 1980s

[17] VOX on the Lottery 1/13/16