A bill that would amend the state constitution to allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed on public property and public schools was approved by the Alabama Senate on Tuesday.
Sponsored by Lineville-Republican Sen. Gerald Dial, SB181 was approved 23-3, after Dial rationalized that displaying the Ten Commandments might help prevent another school shooting.
In order to stand up to constitutional muster, Dial’s bill requires the Ten Commandments to “be displayed in a manner that complies with constitutional requirements, including, but not limited to, being intermingled with historical or educational items, or both, in a larger display.”
This marks the 14th time Dial has introduced the Ten Commandments legislation. The Senate has approved it several times, but it has always failed in the House.
It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives for approval.
If measure passes the House, it would then go before voters for referendum.