Recent legislative highlights
I introduced two bills in the 2018 session - one a local bill and the other a statewide bill. Only two states are yet to pass similar legislation - Alabama and Mississippi.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority members Ann Vernon and Tashika Sykes of Montgomery were among other bill proponents who attended the public hearing on the Pay Equality Bill.
Pay Equity Bill
House Bill 368 (Pay Equity Bill) would prohibit an employer from paying any of its employees at wage rates less than those paid to employees of the opposite sex for substantially similar work when viewed as a composite of skill, effort, and responsibility, as specified.
The Pay Equity Bill gained momentum during the session but did not come to a vote. Adline plans to introduce the bill again in 2019 and is optimistic that it will pass. “Thanks to Lilly Ledbetter, American Association of University Women, League of Women Voters, Young Democrats and many voters who contacted legislators, the bill gained strong momentum. If the session had lasted a bit longer, I’m optimistic that the bill would have received unanimous support of the House State Government Affairs Committee,” Adline said.
To read House Bill 368 in its entirety, click here.
Read an AL.com op-ed piece co-authored by Adline and Lilly Ledbetter here.
Read AL.com coverage of the bill here.
Read Alabama Today coverage here.
Inoperable Motor Vehicles Bill
The local bill, one Adline sponsored on behalf of the City of Mobile, will enhance neighborhood beautification and stabilization efforts. House Bill 127 authorizes Class 2 municipalities to provide for the abatement and removal of inoperable motor vehicles as public nuisances from private property. The City has received hundreds of calls about inoperable vehicles on public rights of way and on private property. If approved, House Bill 127 will grant the City of Mobile authority to have inoperable vehicles removed if they have been in public view for 30 days or longer.
Click here to read House Bill 127.
House Bill 127 has been signed into law. Read the AL.com story here.
State Historic Tax Credit Bill
Adline Clarke was among the co-sponsors of a bill to extend a state historic tax credit program through 2022. The bill, introduced by Speaker Pro Tem Victor Gaston, passed in 2017 and was signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey. This preservation initiative continues to drive revitalization downtown and in other neighborhoods in the district.
I am proud to be among the co-sponsors of the statewide bill that extended and revamped the historic tax credit program, Rep. Clarke said. Downtown Mobile was a virtual ghost town when I began working as a reporter at the Mobile Press Register. Historic tax credits gave investors and developers incentive to revitalize many downtown structures.
I live in the Church Street East District, where I recently renovated my own historic home. I applaud fellow homeowners who are willing and able to make this sacrifice to improve their homes and neighborhoods. Strong neighborhoods are vital to District 97.
Named Woman of the Year by Zeta Phi Beta, Delta Theta Zeta Chapter (March 10, 2018)
Recipient, Cornelius Sexton, S.S.J. Humanitarian Award presented by the Mobile Area Inter-Parish Council of the Mobile Catholic Archdiocese (January 14, 2018)
Named Legislator of the Year 2017 by the Democratic Caucus of the Alabama House of Representatives
Named Citizen of the Year 2016 by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
Certificate of Completion, Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills of the Southern Legislative Conference (2015)
Cousin Israel Charles "Case" Drawns congratulates me after his Omega Psi Phi fraternity recognized me.
Rep. Adline Clarke was named a Legislator of the Year by the Democratic Caucus of the Alabama House of Representatives in 2017. She serves as a Whip for the Caucus and serves on its Policy Committee.