Around the South for May 9: AL, AR & GA


Alabama: Ivey signs adoption bill. Gov. Kay Ivey (R) has signed a bill into law that protects faith-based adoption agencies that refuse to help same-sex couples adopt children. Critics say the measure is discriminatory, but Amber James of New Beginnings Family Law told that same-sex couples “can obviously seek out an agency that is not faith based.” ……. Arkansas: Cotton differs from House-passed healthcare bill. US Sen. Tom Cotton (R) says he supports repealing Obamacare, but that Senate GOPers are “going to write our own bill.” A Senate-House conference committee will then iron out the differences between the two, and that version will have to pass both chambers. Cotton acknowledged, reports Newsmax, that Obamacare has helped some people, while hurting “many more.” ……. Georgia: Deal signs campus carry bill. Last year Gov. Nathan Deal (R) vetoed legislation that would allow the carrying of guns on college campuses because he had concerns about guns in “sensitive places.” Last week, however, Deal signed a new campus-carry bill because it addressed those concerns, reported …….