Immigration Law Reform Bill Introduced in Ala. House

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The sponsor of Alabama's tough immigration law has introduced legislation that he says revises some provisions, but doesn't weaken the bill.

Republican Rep. Micky Hammon of Decatur offered the bill Thursday in the House. He said the revisions will "make the law more workable for local governments, more enforceable for state and local police, and less burdensome for law-abiding citizens and businesses."

One change it makes is eliminating a provision that made renting to an illegal immigrant the same as harboring an illegal immigrant. It also eliminates the necessity to prove legal residence when renewing business licensees. That will only be required when a license is issued for the first time. It also revises portions of the law regarding religious and humanitarian services to mirror federal law.

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