Alabama
6:33 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

House Panel Delays Vote On Ten Commandments Bill

Montgomery, AL – A state legislator has renewed his efforts to pass a constitutional amendment to allow copies of the Ten Commandment to be posted on walls in state buildings, including schools.

The House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee on Wednesday delayed consideration of the bill by Rep DuWayne Bridges of Valley for a week so the committee could study whether or not the bill is constitutional. Bridges has introduced the bill several years in the past. The amendment would have to be approved by Alabama voters.

Democratic Rep. Demetrius Newton of Birmingham said he felt passing the bill would create more problems for the Legislature, particularly considering the 2003 federal court ruling that a Ten Commandments monument could not be displayed in the lobby of the Alabama Supreme Court building.

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