Democrats don't agree with Alabama Accountability Act of 2013
JEFFERSON COUNTY - AL —
Gov. Robert Bentley calls the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013 the most significant piece of legislation passed in years.
"It is important when you're looking at the demise of public schools as we know it," Rep. Mary Moore said.
Moore doesn't think so.
"Since 1982, I've never seen it happen before in my life," Rep. John Rogers said.
Rogers doesn't think so, either.
"It's the beginning of the end for public school system," he said.
But it's more than republicans and democrats. It's more than a vote that didn't go their way. They say it's the principle of politics and not getting a fair shake.
"They just choked us to death," Rogers said. "Wouldn't let us talk about it. They ignored us. It was wrong."
Rogers and Moore are also upset about how the bill was passed. Thursday morning, the bill had eight pages to it. A couple hours later, it had 28. They say there was little time to talk about or debate the changes. They call it unconstitutional, unprofessional and unethical.
In fact, Moore says, the two minority members in that committee didn't see the changes to the bill because they were told to wait in another room.
"It's past shady politics," Moore said. "What it is is the dismantling of democracy."
"I was mad," Rogers said. "I was angry, I was mad...I was disrespected."
"They're just upset about the results," Sen. Scott Beason said.
Beason says everything was done by the book. The bill went from committee, to the floor, like it's supposed to.
"It's really funny to me that they don't want to talk about choice for parents to do the best thing for their children," Beason said. "They want to talk about the process that happened in the legislature. I think that is a telling fact."
Rogers says the fight is far from over. He's looking into possible legal action that could be taken. But if it stands as is, he says he'll wait for the next round...the next topic. He knows his vote will matter.
"If you kill my dog, we got to try to find some cats to kill," he said.
Gov. Bentley is expected to sign the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013 into law next week.