IN GOD WE TRUST
Participants march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate Bloody Sunday 1965
FREEDOM OF SPEECH
PHOTO of Four Freedoms Monument in Madison, Fl RANDY WILLIAMS
LIFTING THE VEIL OF IGNORANCE
Confederate reenactor during a commemoration of the Battle of Selma of 1865
ROSA PARKS STATUE UNVEILED
SELMA MONUMENT UNVEILED
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (L) and Montgomery Mayor Stephen Reed ( R ) unveil the Rosa Parks statue on Sunday December 1, 2019 in downtown Montgomery, AL.
State Represensative Prince Chestnut (L) and Cheyenne Webb Christburg (center right) participated in the unveiling of the Selma Monument at the Alabama Bicentenial dedication on Saturday December 14, 2019 in Montgomery, AL. Click here for photo gallery
SELMA CITY COUNCIL APPOINTS NEW POLICE CHIEF
CHIEF KENTA FULFORD (outside of the City Council Chambers shortly before the announcement on Tuesday December 17, 2019.
In a majority vote, the Selma City Council appointed former Lt. Kenta Fulford Police Chief on Tuesday December 17, 2019 during the last regular City council meeting of the year. Listen to Chief Fulfords remarks. CLICK SPEAKER
“It’s not about me. It’s about the City of Selma and making Selma safe.”
City Council meeting December 17, 2019
The Rosa Parks Statue
The Selma sculpture depicting Bloody Sunday and the Edmund Pettus Bridge
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TO THE MOUNTAINTOP
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REPRESENTING“Week 3 of 2020 Session”
SELMA’S FIRST BLACK POLICE CHIEF HONORED WITH A PROCLAMATION AND STREET RENAMING
TALENT SEARCH STARTS MENTORING PROGRAM “MAN UP”
“Week 3 of 2020 Session”
Day one of week 3 of 2020 began in the usual pleasant manner. Meetings took place and we worked to become knowledgeable and prepared for potential debate. Most bills passed through on the calendar with little or no problem. There was, however, much talk about the reproductive rights of men in a bill brought by our now famous representative from Jefferson County. Her ballyhooed bill essentially states that a man would have to undergo a vasectomy upon siring 3 children or turning age 50, whichever occurs first. It is a tongue and cheek response to the abortion bill passed into law last year.
The same representative also brought a slightly controversial bill that passed out of the House relating to banning smoking in a car with children under a certain age.
The other controversial bill on the calendar was the landfill bill, which was brought to allow landfill operators to cover garbage with other garbage or things other than soil. There was opposition brewing on the Democratic side to what was seen as a Republican bill to be anti-
The next day, the bill I introduced to ban discrimination against persons in the uniformed services in employment was placed on the agenda for the committee that considers military and veteran’s affairs. Simultaneously, the ethics bill I introduced that concerns public employees was scheduled for the committee that considers most ethics bills. I had to choose which committee I should personally attend and get another representative to present the other bill for me. The former mayor of Mobile, who is now a representative, presented the bill that I was not able to present in person. One of the said bills was placed in a subcommittee for further consideration while the other made it to the next step.
Immediately thereafter, I selected a group of legislators to meet with the Environmental Management Agency’s leadership to discuss the landfill bill and determine if there could be a resolution reached. I worked to help draft language to amend the bill and make it stronger in order to protect citizens and the environment. What is important to all of the members of my party present in the meeting is compliance with federal law, rules and guidance. The amendment also contains language to meet the concern that any alternate cover used at landfills will meet a level of performance equal to earthen cover of materials. This bill required a lot of hard work, including discussion with constituents, performance of case research, drafting language and directing policy members on logistics. (There was even a commitment letter from the Agency to legislators for the Agency to move away from coal ash as a covering as a result of our meeting.) The bill was successfully amended to address human health concerns on the last day of session for the week and passed out of the House. Being instrumental in the moving and development of an amendment to this bill is one of the most fulfilling things I have been able to work on this year because of the human health, safety and welfare implications.
Together we shall work and toil until this state becomes a better place in 2020.