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Republican Alabama House members propose agenda

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 17, 2013 at 5:44 pm •  Published: January 17, 2013

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama House Republicans announced their agenda Thursday for the upcoming legislative session of items that could put the state at odds with President Barack Obama's administration.

It includes a measure aimed at slowing down Obama administration efforts to stiffen gun control regulations through federal laws or executive orders.

House Speaker Mike Hubbard proposed an amendment that would put the right to gun ownership in the Alabama Constitution. He says the amendment would give Alabama the "strongest gun protection" law in the country.

"House Republicans understand that many Alabamians cherish their right to own and use a firearm," said Republican Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin of Pelham.

The Republicans announced the agenda for the 2013 session during a news conference Thursday at the Alabama Statehouse. Hubbard said the items listed on the agenda would be given priority in the House and would be taken up before other legislation.

Another proposal would allow Alabama employers to opt out of parts of the federal health care plan that was pushed by President Obama.

The GOP agenda would also add restrictions to women seeking abortions. One bill would expand safety and health standards for those who perform abortions. The GOP lawmakers said the legislation would require that abortions be performed in the safest pre and post-operative environment available and would require correct physician involvement.

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