By Maddie Morgan (Cherokee County)
On the first day of sessions, the Supreme Court reviewed the constitutionality of two House Bills. The first, HB75 was deemed unconstitutional on account of the 14th amendment. The bill imposed on private schools’ rights to not be required by the government to provide certain things. The second session reviewed HB25, which the Supreme Court said was also unconstitutional. As secure voting rights for noncitizens is not considered constitutional by the 14th and 579th amendments of the Alabama Constitution.
Out of 7 bills reviewed by the Supreme Court only one was deemed constitutional. This was Senate Bill 40, titled: Animal Cruelty Rights by Zaire Ondaan. The purpose of the bill is to limit the number of household animals to two. The reason for this is to try and ensure that no animal will be cruelly treated by its owners, and this is meant to allow people to be able to provide and care for their animals more easily with only two. This was voted constitutional with 7:3 in favor of this bill’s constitutionality. This is truly amazing to have been the only bill under review to be voted to be constitutional by the Youth Legislature Supreme Court.