1819 Podcast: Alabama abortion ban’s chief author explains what’s legal, what’s not

The chief author of Alabama's landmark abortion ban, Birmingham attorney Eric Johnston, recently said that while the new law prohibits nearly all abortions in the state, the procedure remains legal in some narrow instances including those in which the unborn child has or would die shortly after birth, and in cases involving an emergency. Some critics on social media have claimed otherwise, and that the law would also make it illegal for doctors to help with miscarriages. Not so, explained…

Huntsville Radio: J. Pepper Bryars talks campus free speech on the Jeff Poor Show

API senior fellow J. Pepper Bryars recently discussed how Alabama could have what’s being called “one of the most ... effective campus free-speech laws in the country” on the Jeff Poor Show, WVNN 92.5 FM in Huntsville. Bryars explained how House Bill 498, introduced by State Rep. Matt Fridy, R-Montevallo, would require the state’s public colleges and universities to adopt policies and procedures to protect free speech on campus. The bill was recently approved in committee and now awaits further action. Listen…

It’s time for an appointed State School Board in Alabama

A new plan by Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh and Governor Ivey seeks to replace a group of elected positions, those of the State School Board Members, to positions appointed by the governor and confirmed by the State Senate. Though it will be first voted on by the legislature, it must ultimately be approved by the voters of Alabama as a constitutional amendment. Is this a good idea? At first glance, it seems like a Washington-esque power grab, an attempt…

J. Pepper Bryars: Alabama moves to protect free speech on campus

Free speech zones, meant to move certain discussions away from where they could offend listeners, or be heard at all. Speech codes, meant to limit acceptable topics to an ever-shrinking list of progressive-leaning beliefs. And heckler’s vetoes, meant to give the power of censorship to a loud minority. These tactics and others are part of a trend on college campuses that is chilling the free speech rights of faculty, students and visiting speakers who dare mention controversial or unorthodox ideas.…

Alabama Policy Institute Applauds the Alabama Legislature for Passing the Human Life Protection Act

PRESS RELEASE   BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Alabama Policy Institute applauds the State Legislature for passing the Human Life Protection Act (HB314) late Tuesday night. If signed by Governor Ivey, the law would establish Alabama as the most pro-life state in the United States. Just last year, the residents of Alabama were offered an opportunity to voice their opinion on the abortion issue via an amendment to the state constitution. The amendment stated that Alabama “recognize[s] and support[s] the importance…

J. Pepper Bryars: It’s time to reform occupational licensing in Alabama

Did you know that it’s against the law to braid hair, wash hair, or even plant flowers professionally in Alabama without a license? That’s because occupational licensing, originally meant to protect consumers, has gotten way out of hand. A video recently produced by the Alabama Policy Institute illustrates just how ridiculous it has become. Sure, licensing certain occupations is a good thing. We need to know our builders, physicians, attorneys, and those practicing many other specialized and potentially dangerous professions…