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.
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.
It will lose.