2017 Legislative Report

REDISTRICTING

In January, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, Circuit Judge Bill Pryor and Chief District Judge Keith Watkins ruled that race had been used improperly in the 2012 redistricting of the Alabama Legislature. Twelve majority black Districts were ruled unconstitutional. The Court agreed that by creating  majority black districts, the lawmakers reduced the influence of blacks in other districts.

Lawmakers must now redraw 12 of 24 legislative districts in Alabama where a majority of voters are black before the 2018 Legislative Elections without making race the primary reason for the new district lines.

The two districts affected in Montgomery County are Senate District 26, represented by Sen. Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery and House District 77, represented by Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery.

 

PREFILED BILLS BY SENATOR DICK BREWBAKER 

For additional information on these bills or the 2017 Alabama Legislative session go to:alisondb.legislature.state.al.us

SB 7 Cannabis, minimum amount to constitute trafficking raised.

SB 9 Provision requiring 16 year olds charged with certain felonies to be charged as adults repealed.

SB 11 Judicial Inquiry Commission and Court of the Judiciary, abolished, by Constitutional Amendment

SB 16 In Capital cases, the court is prohibited from overriding the jury verdict in the sentencing phase of trial