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State Rep. talks hits-and-misses of legislative session

Published: Apr. 15, 2014 at 1:55 AM CDT|Updated: May. 13, 2014 at 1:55 AM CDT
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Representative Laura Hall admitted she was ambivalent about the laws passed, and not passed, by...
Representative Laura Hall admitted she was ambivalent about the laws passed, and not passed, by the state legislature.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Common Core, or Alabama's College and Career Ready Standards, were a hot issue Monday night as they had been, even though the legislature ultimately decided not to defund them, or let school systems opt out. The Republican dominated legislature did a few things, but not much, a Democrat like Laura Hall hoped for.

Representative Laura Hall admitted she was ambivalent about the laws passed, and not passed, by the state legislature. She told voters she hoped to convince Governor Bentley to expand Medicaid, maybe next year. She objected to a new law that required people on public assistance to look for jobs.

"I feel like that was an overkill," said Hall. She also objected to a bill that didn't pass to protect makers of lethal injection drugs from exposure and harassment. "Now personally, my opinion is people ought to know."

"This is Common Core," said Delois Smith. "It is here. It is not just Alabama. It is across 45 states."

Common Core standards for schools remained a hot topic with voters speaking for and against.

"I think a lot of the standards are developmentally inappropriate, and I don't think our kids are learning the basic skills and the critical thinking skill that they're going to need for the future," said Susan Higgins.

"We are going to do our children a disservice if we do not help them to be competitive in the world they're going to inherit," continued Smith.

The legislature briefly considered a plan to effectively defund Common Core, which Hall, who supported it, was glad to see fail.

"Any time you're doing something new, there are going to be misgivings, and a lot of that is because of lack of information or not enough information," said Hall.

Hall said she supported Governor Bentley's failed efforts to get a pay raise for teachers although she hoped for a bigger one. She said she especially hoped to educate voters, and politicians about the value of the Affordable Care Act, and the expansion of Alabama's Medicaid program for next year.

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