MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WKRG) — Aniah’s Law is heading to Governor Kay Ivey’s desk after passing through the legislature.
The bill gives judges more discretion in denying bail to people charged with some of the most serious crimes. The bill is named after Aniah Blanchard, the Auburn teen who was allegedly kidnapped and murdered in 2019 by a man out on bond from a previous kidnapping, robbery, and attempted murder case.
Last week, the law passed through the Senate, but there were some amendments, so it had to go back to the House to be voted on again. State Representative Chip Brown, the sponsor of the bill, says the House concurred Thursday morning.
The bill now goes to Governor Kay Ivey’s desk and will then be voted on statewide in 2022, as it is a constitutional amendment.
Lawmakers have been working for years to put legislation in place to stop the so-called revolving door of crime.
“I’d like to commend Representative Chip Brown and Senator David Sessions for supporting us in the three-year effort to see this legislation passed. We thank the Blanchard family as well as the entire Alabama Legislature for recognizing the need for this legislation that directly impacts the safety of Alabama citizens. It is now in the hands of Alabamians to vote in favor of this constitutional amendment on the ballot next year. Once passed, this will help significantly in our efforts to close the revolving door and prevent violent offenders from being released to commit more violent acts like the senseless murder of Aniah Blanchard.”Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson