The GOP leadership in the Alabama House is working through its agenda of "We Dare Defend Our Rights" bills.
Up next this week is the Women's Health and Safety Act from anti-abortion Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, R-Indian Hills.
Proponents say HB57 would put better restrictions on abortion clinics and make them safer; opponents say it is just an effort to shut them down.
McClurkin carried a similar bill last year.
A public hearing will take place Wednesday for a bill from Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow, D-Red Bay, to allow teachers across the state to become reserve police officers.
A similar, Franklin County-specific bill passed the House earlier this month.
The statewide bill, HB53, will have a hearing before the House Education Policy Committee. The bill would allow local law enforcement to set up security task forces in schools. The task forces could be made up of current or retired teachers and other community members. They could carry weapons.
Tim Tebow is back in the Alabama House.
Well, a bill named for the former college football standout is back, anyway.
Rep. Ed Henry, R-Hartselle, filed a bill last week that would create the Tim Tebow Act, allowing home-schooled students and those at a church school to participate in public schools' sports programs.
Henry said home-school families approached him about the bill almost as soon as he was elected in 2010.
"They are paying all their taxes and would like to utilize these activities," he said.
The bill has been kicking around the Alabama House, and other state capitals, for several years. Opponents here say it is unrealistic because it would be too hard to ensure that home-schooled kids are meeting the same academic standards that their public school counterparts must.
House Bill 287 currently applies only to athletic activities, but will be amended to include others, like band programs, Henry said.