Second Immigration Bill Progressing in the Legislature
The Alabama Senate is taking a different approach than the House on making changes in Alabama's tough immigration law.
The Senate Job Creation and Economic Development Committee approved a bill Tuesday by Republican Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale that makes fewer changes in the law than the bill Republican Rep. Micky Hammon of Decatur got passed in the House last week.
Beason's bill doesn't change the section of the law that allows officers to demand proof of citizenship during a traffic stop if they have reasonable suspicion of illegal immigration. Hammon restricts it to cases where an arrest occurs or ticket is issued. Beason said that part of Alabama's law matches Arizona's law and shouldn't be changed until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on Arizona's law.
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