State of Alabama Archives: on Families & Children


Chris Sununu: Accommodate infants in workplace; support paid family leave

We must provide greater flexibility in our workforce. We established our Infants in the Workplace Initiative, which will allow state employees to bring their infants to work in the early stages of life, which will keep our state competitive and provide immense benefits to family.

Senator Jeb Bradley's bill which I wholeheartedly SUPPORT is the only shot at delivering a viable voluntary paid family leave program that does not contain an income tax. Let's get it done.

Source: 2020 Alabama State of the State address Feb 13, 2020

Roy Moore: America was great when families were united

Moore faced criticism for comments he made in September at a campaign rally. According to the Los Angeles Times, when asked by a black member of the audience when he thought the last time America was great, Moore answered, "I think it was great at the time when families were united--even though we had slavery--they cared for one another. Our families were strong, our country had a direction."
Source: CNN on 2017 Alabama Senate race Dec 11, 2017

Doug Jones: Supported women accusing opponent of sexual misconduct

As Trump and the Republican National Committee repeatedly rallied behind Roy Moore and dismissed the allegations against him, Jones' lead in the polls tightened. His campaign then decided to toughen its rhetoric against Moore and vouch for the nine women who came forward with accusations against him. "Those brave women are entirely credible, they're telling the truth," said Jones. "Moore will be an embarrassment to the people and businesses of Alabama."
Source: Newsweek magazine on 2017 Alabama special Senate race Dec 10, 2017

Arnold Mooney: Voted YES on churches declining foster kids to LGBT couples

Legislative Summary: Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act: The Legislature finds:Legislative Outcome:Passed House 60-14-1 on March 16; Rep. Mooney voted YES; passed Senate 23-9-0 on April 18; signed by Gov. Kay Ivey on April 27.
Source: Alabama legislative voting records: HB 24 Apr 27, 2017

Arnold Mooney: Adoption/foster care agencies may reject LGBTQ parents

HB24 Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act: This bill would prohibit the state from discriminating against child placing agencies on the basis that the provider declines to provide a child placement that conflicts with the religious beliefs of the provider.

Analysis by HRC.org: The bill enshrines discrimination into Alabama law by allowing some state-licensed adoption and foster care agencies to reject qualified prospective LGBTQ adoptive or foster parents based on the agency's religious beliefs. HB24 allows state-licensed child-placing agencies turn away qualified Alabamians seeking to care for a child in need -- including LGBTQ couples, interfaith couples, single parents, or other parents to whom the agency has a religious objection.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 23-9-3, Roll #650 on Apr/18/2017; Passed House 87-0-18, Roll #621 on Apr/27/2017; State Rep. Arnold Mooney voted YES; Signed by Gov. Kay Ivey on Apr/27/2017.

Source: HRC.org on Alabama legislative voting record HB24 Apr 27, 2017

Barry Moore: Adoption/foster care agencies may reject LGBTQ parents

HB24 Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act: This bill would prohibit the state from discriminating against child placing agencies on the basis that the provider declines to provide a child placement that conflicts with the religious beliefs of the provider.

Analysis by HRC.org: The bill enshrines discrimination into Alabama law by allowing some state-licensed adoption and foster care agencies to reject qualified prospective LGBTQ adoptive or foster parents based on the agency's religious beliefs. HB24 allows state-licensed child-placing agencies turn away qualified Alabamians seeking to care for a child in need -- including LGBTQ couples, interfaith couples, single parents, or other parents to whom the agency has a religious objection.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 23-9-3, Roll #650 on Apr/18/2017; Passed House 87-0-18, Roll #621 on Apr/27/2017; State Rep. Barry Moore voted YES; Signed by Gov. Kay Ivey on Apr/27/2017.

Source: HRC.org on Alabama legislative voting record HB24 Apr 27, 2017

John Rogers: Skipped vote: churches declining foster kids to LGBT couples

Legislative Summary: Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act: The Legislature finds:Legislative Outcome:Passed House 60-14-1 on March 16; Rep. Rogers voted PRESENT; passed Senate 23-9-0 on April 18; signed by Gov. Kay Ivey on April 27.
Source: Alabama legislative voting records: HB 24 Apr 27, 2017

Kay Ivey: Churches may decline foster kids to same-sex couples

Legislative Summary: Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act: The Legislature finds:Legislative Outcome:Passed House 60-14-1 on March 16; passed Senate 23-9-0 on April 18; signed by Gov. Ivey on April 27.
Source: Alabama legislative voting records: HB 24 Apr 27, 2017

Kay Ivey: Adoption/foster care agencies may reject LGBTQ parents

HB24 Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act: This bill would prohibit the state from discriminating against child placing agencies on the basis that the provider declines to provide a child placement that conflicts with the religious beliefs of the provider.

Analysis by HRC.org: The bill enshrines discrimination into Alabama law by allowing some state-licensed adoption and foster care agencies to reject qualified prospective LGBTQ adoptive or foster parents based on the agency's religious beliefs. HB24 allows state-licensed child-placing agencies turn away qualified Alabamians seeking to care for a child in need -- including LGBTQ couples, interfaith couples, single parents, or other parents to whom the agency has a religious objection.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 23-9-3, Roll #650 on Apr/18/2017; Passed House 87-0-18, Roll #621 on Apr/27/2017; Signed by Gov. Kay Ivey on Apr/27/2017.

Source: HRC.org on Alabama legislative voting record HB24 Apr 27, 2017

Bill Hightower: Adoption/foster care agencies may reject LGBTQ parents

HB24 Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act: This bill would prohibit the state from discriminating against child placing agencies on the basis that the provider declines to provide a child placement that conflicts with the religious beliefs of the provider.

Analysis by HRC.org: The bill enshrines discrimination into Alabama law by allowing some state-licensed adoption and foster care agencies to reject qualified prospective LGBTQ adoptive or foster parents based on the agency's religious beliefs. HB24 allows state-licensed child-placing agencies turn away qualified Alabamians seeking to care for a child in need -- including LGBTQ couples, interfaith couples, single parents, or other parents to whom the agency has a religious objection.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 23-9-3, Roll #650 on Apr/18/2017; State Sen. Bill Hightower voted YES; Passed House 87-0-18, Roll #621 on Apr/27/2017; Signed by Gov. Kay Ivey on Apr/27/2017.

Source: HRC.org on Alabama legislative voting record HB24 Apr 18, 2017

Vivian Davis Figures: Voted NO on churches declining foster kids to LGBT couples

Legislative Summary: Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act: The Legislature finds:Legislative Outcome:Passed House 60-14-1 on March 16; passed Senate 23-9-0 on April 18; Sen. Figures voted NO; signed by Gov. Kay Ivey on April 27.
Source: Alabama legislative voting records: HB 24 Apr 18, 2017

Vivian Davis Figures: Adoption/foster care agencies must accept LGBTQ parents

HB24 Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act: This bill would prohibit the state from discriminating against child placing agencies on the basis that the provider declines to provide a child placement that conflicts with the religious beliefs of the provider.

Analysis by HRC.org: The bill enshrines discrimination into Alabama law by allowing some state-licensed adoption and foster care agencies to reject qualified prospective LGBTQ adoptive or foster parents based on the agency's religious beliefs. HB24 allows state-licensed child-placing agencies turn away qualified Alabamians seeking to care for a child in need -- including LGBTQ couples, interfaith couples, single parents, or other parents to whom the agency has a religious objection.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 23-9-3, Roll #650 on Apr/18/2017; State Sen. Vivian Davis Figures voted NO; Passed House 87-0-18, Roll #621 on Apr/27/2017; Signed by Gov. Kay Ivey on Apr/27/2017.

Source: HRC.org on Alabama legislative voting record HB24 Apr 18, 2017

Kay Ivey: Support Alabama Girls State patriotism & Americanism

Alabama Girls State is one of the most respected and coveted experiential learning programs presented in the US. Girls State is a week-long, fun-filled, hands-on learning opportunity for the best and brightest young women in the State of Alabama. The program is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.

The program epitomizes the American Legion Auxiliary's mission to honor those who have brought us our freedom through our enduring commitment to develop young women as future leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. The young women become knowledgeable of the democratic process and how our republic form of government works at the state and national levels. The program is an immersion learning experience of learning, experience, memories, and friendships last a lifetime.

Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey was fortunate to attend Alabama Girls State as a rising High School Senior and the first Alabama Girls State Alumnus to be elected to a statewide constitutional office in Alabama.

Source: Alabama Lt. Gov. official website, "Initiatives" Apr 7, 2017

Robert Bentley: Fund treatment for low-income children with Autism Spectrum

In 65 of Alabama's 67 counties we have a shortage of doctors; Alabama ranks 40th in the number of physicians per capita.. Last year we took action to stop rising rates of preventable and manageable disease, especially among, rural, low-income counties. By expanding and increasing funding for loan-repayment programs for healthcare providers we have taken action to increase the number of doctors serving in the state's poorest counties.

Having practiced medicine for 35 years, and having seen the needs of patients in some of the most impoverished areas of our state, I can tell you a good doctor in a small, rural community, changes a community and it saves lives.

We will increase funding for Alabama's low-income children and youth so they may have access to home-based services and treatment of psychiatric, emotional and behavioral disorders. In addition, we will increase funding for treatment for Alabama's low-income children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Alabama Legislature Feb 7, 2016

Luther Strange: Don't require contraception in company health plans

On March 22, 2012, Strange filed a motion with the US District Court in Birmingham, Alabama to become co-plaintiff alongside EWTN Global Catholic Television Network in its existing suit against the federal government for requiring employers to provide contraception coverage in their businesses' healthcare plans. The organization's file claim was that the mandate violates the convictions of religious employers, and Strange agreed, citing his statutory responsibilities to protect the missions of Alabama charitable institutions against this "interfering" federal regulation. He pledged to throw the weight of the office behind EWTN, which Strange said is "the largest religious media network in the world."
Source: Ballotpedia.org article on Alabama judge Luther Strange Feb 22, 2012

Robert Bentley: Supports relief for families who cannot afford their houses

Record foreclosures and continued high unemployment are causes for concern for our state. Homeowners who have experienced a temporary loss of income can benefit from short-term assistance to help bridge the gap until they have restored their income. This assistance is designed to help families stay in their homes until they can they find employment.
Source: Alabama 2010 gubernatorial press release #4425 Dec 2, 2010

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