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Gerald Dial (R-13) : A Law Unto Himself?

by: julie

Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 17:15:01 PM CST

Gerald Dial is a well known fixture in the Alabama Legislature, where he is currently serving his 9th term. A lot of us think that is nine too many. You may agree when you look at his legislative efforts.

Gerald is a busy boy this year: he has sponsored nine bills so far - one for each term he has served, and a bigger collection of high handed, repetitive junk would be hard to find. Allen is a serious contender in the junk category, but Dial is way out front on sheer volume.

Let's have a look:

First up is SB3,  known as the "Overdose a Preemie Act". Our own Dr. Abston has devoted considerable time and effort explaining to our lawmakers why this bill is a terrible idea. She and her colleagues did such a good job of that last year that it was voted down. In a nutshell, it would require physicians to administer unsafe dosages of unneeded medications. Somehow, Senator Dial failed to get the memo.

 If Medicaid is forced by SB 3 to ensure the use of FDA guidelines, we would be required to commit outright malpractice. 

AL.com 12/27/12

Moving along to SB41, we have an effort to enshrine Right to Work laws into the Alabama Constitution. This is redundant because Alabama is already a Right to Work state.  Union members account for only 10% of the state's workforce, which is slightly lower than the number nationwide. The unions are dying already - Dial just can't wait to put the last nail in their coffin. That's a little strange, when you consider legislators are supposed to work for the good of all the people and not just the 1% who are 'job creators'.

 ...workers in states with these [Right to Work] laws earn an average of $5,680 less a year than workers in other states. Because of the higher wages, working families in states without these laws also benefit from healthier tax bases that improve their quality of life. “Right to work for less" is closer to the truth.

AFL-CIO: 'Right to Work' for Less

 Sen. Dial may not care about working families, but he cares a LOT about churches. He cares so much he wants to enhance the penalties for hate crimes against buildings in SB 50. Not ALL buildings, mind you - just the ones with a cross or a star on top. Abortion clinics, advocacy, political, and legal offices - those are fair game still. Women's clinics are conspiciously absent from the scope of the Senator's concern, but I'd say they are more frequently victimized by hate crime than churches are.

 Anti-abortion violence:...Incidents of violence have included destruction of property, in the form of vandalism; crimes against people, including kidnapping, stalking, assault, attempted murder, and murder; and crimes affecting both people and property, including arson and bombings. --wiki

The Senator is making a stab at bringing a few part time jobs to the State, using the standard GOP formula of giving huge tax write-offs to interested parties. Interested parties may be in short supply in this instance though, because it is a write-off for movie producers. Does the Senator have a secret hankering for stardom? Perhaps that provided the inspiration for SB49. Alabama hasn't exactly been a Hollywood mecca - the only film that featured Alabama in recent memory was "My Cousin Vinny" - and that was filmed in Georgia. Unless you are New York, Chicago or some similar famous place, you are unlikely to get enough interest to make the write-off pay for itself.

Connecticut actually bothered to have a study done, and the results weren't encouraging.

 An analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston reached a different conclusion when reviewing the tax incentive program in 2009, finding that the program does not pay for itself and that the economic benefits are short-lived and easily lost if the program is discontinued.

Movie Production Incentives in the US

And speaking of stardom, let's look at the real centerpiece of Senator Dial's legislative agenda this year: SB40 , affectionately (among trial lawyers, anyway) known as The Ten Commandments, Round Two. Yes, the $600,000 the state spent fighting all the way to the Supreme Court on behalf of Roy Moore isn't enough. Senator Dial does not believe in letting sleeping dogs lie or dying unions die. No, they should go out with a bang - hopefully with Senator Dial in a starring role.  Maybe they'll make a movie. 

Spoiler Alert:

It will lose.



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NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! (4.00 / 2)

The stupid hurts my head!!!! What a freakin' waste of time when our state needs SO much!!! 


Dial and McGill (4.00 / 2)

I know Dial sponsored this, but McGill just makes it worse:

After embarrassing himself and the State of Alabama during his disastrous freshman appearance in the legislature last year, Shadrack McGill is ready to prove that his legislative acumen is akin to putting a milk bucket under a bull. While the people of Alabama are crying out for jobs, healthcare, and a working infrastructure, McGill has cast his lot with the likes of Gerald “Party Switcher” Dial and Clay “Ultrasound Wand” Scofield to support the Alabama Religious Freedom Amendment which would make it legal to display the Ten Commandments in any public building in the state. This matter has already been litigated in Alabama and I’m fairly certain that Roy Moore could tell McGill about his removal from Alabama’s Supreme Court. However, the real problem here is that McGill is ignoring the real problems facing his constituents and seems to think that displaying the Ten Commandments in a public office is somehow going to fix a regressive tax code, underfunded education, or rampant poverty. Perhaps, McGill is trying to cash in on the laughingstock fame he received when the national media rightly ridiculed him for saying that teachers shouldn’t get raises based on Biblical principles. Perhaps, McGill would be better served figuring out some cogent answers for the conflict of interest lawsuit he is facing or, maybe, McGill ought to lay out some specifics for his three point legislative agenda that consists only of broad and generalized extreme right wing talking points.  Unfortunately, I think McGill is more interested in regurgitating rhetoric, lulling big money lobbyists, and picking out drapes for his new Delegation office. Thank God that Horace Clemmons has thrown his hat into the ring and he promises to address the issues that the people really care about. Horace Clemmons will give us leadership, while Shadrack McGill tries his hand at interior decorating using the Ten Commandments.


If Horace Clemmons (0.00 / 0)

can read, write and cipher and has an IQ over 110, he should be a cinch. LANDSLIDE, I say. :)

oh, I forgot. this is Alabama.

maybe he can edge him out if the wind is right?

We'll be pulling for him!

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. -Churchill

Might want to recheck (4.00 / 1)

"Alabama hasn't exactly been a Hollywood mecca - the only film that featured Alabama in recent memory was "My Cousin Vinny" - and that was filmed in Georgia."

How quickly folks have forgotten Tim Burton's "Big Fish" starring Ewan McGregor, Jessica Lange, and Albert Finney.  Virtually the entire movie was filmed in Alabama, with a good chunk being filmed in the Montgomery area (Huntingdon College, for instance, stands in for Auburn University).

I should have said (0.00 / 0)

MY recent memory LOL I never saw the Fish one - so that makes ONE in AL - without the write-off?

Hollywood East we ain't 

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. -Churchill



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