State House Republicans Unveil Legislative Agenda

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By Jessica Gertler

Republicans in the Alabama House are unveiling their legislative agenda. It includes new restrictions on abortion clinics, a gun protection amendment, paying back the trust fund and measures against Obamacare.

This is the third regular session that the Republicans are in control, which means these bills that they're proposing will likely pass.

"The rights of Alabamians are under constant threat," says Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard.

Hubbard is titling this year's Republican agenda after the state's motto "We Dare Defend Our Rights."

"We will prioritize our work to ensure that each one of these bills passes this session," he says.

Bills on the Republican's agenda include new restrictions on abortion clinics, and a firearms protection amendment.

"With this amendment, the Alabama constitution will contain the strongest gun protection provisions in the country," says Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin of Jefferson and Shelby Counties.

Other bills include giving public school systems more flexibility, investing in career technical education, paying back the Alabama Trust Fund and streamlining some state services.

But a main focus of the Republican Party: opposing Obamacare by allowing employers to opt out of mandates like providing insurance for contraceptives.

CBS 8 Political Analyst Steve Flowers weighs in.

"This is the most conservative group of legislators I've ever seen in my life," Flowers says.

Flowers says the issues the republicans are tackling are popular among Alabamians.

"If you poll the average Alabamian, they'll applaud it. They'll say Amen," he says.

We did talk to Democratic State Representative Joe Hubbard of Montgomery. He is out of town, but gave us his reaction. He says "as well pull of out the recession, the good people of Alabama expect more from the legislature than cheap political statements. Some of these proposed laws do everything for politics, but nothing for the people."

Republican leaders say school safety is a priority and are still working on a plan. They say the agenda will be the first items taken up by the house when the session starts on February 5.




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