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By Representative Williams (JD)
First Read: 06-MAR-18
ESTABLISHING THE ALABAMA COMMISSION ON CHILD
WHEREAS, the Legislature is committed to the
protection and well-being of all citizens of this state and
particularly the children of Alabama; and
WHEREAS, learning to use electronic communication
devices and having Internet access is essential for the
education of the children of Alabama; and
WHEREAS, the Legislature recognizes that electronic
communications and the Internet frequently contain
communications and information that are inappropriate for
children and may be used by others in a patently offensive
way, lacking literary, artistic, political, scientific, or
educational value and may entice unsuspecting children into
activities that are potentially dangerous; and
WHEREAS, electronic communications and the Internet
may be used to lure children into illegal activities such as
human trafficking and prostitution; and
WHEREAS, solutions to enhance the safety of the
children in this state using electronic communications and the
Internet would benefit children and the general public, and
may reduce crimes in Alabama; and
WHEREAS, it is imperative that areas of risk be
identified in order to advance proven and innovative
technologies and procedures to promote the safety and
protection of the children of Alabama who use electronic
communications and the Internet; now therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH
HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That there is created the Alabama
Commission on Child Protection to conduct a review of current
state laws, rules, and procedures regarding the protection of
children using electronic communications and the Internet, and
recommend improvements, including innovative technology,
improved methods to filter what is available to children on
the Internet, methods to monitor and track electronic
communications that may be harmful to children, and other
measures to promote and enhance child protection and safety in
(a) Membership of the Alabama Commission on Child
Protection shall be comprised of the following:
(1) The President Pro Tempore of the Senate, or his
or her designee.
(2) The Speaker of the House of Representatives, or
his or her designee.
(3) The Director of the Alabama Department of Human
Resources, or his or her designee.
(4) A pediatrician appointed by the Speaker of the
House of Representatives.
(5) A child psychologist appointed by the President
Pro Tempore of the Senate.
(6) The Director of the Alabama Public Health
Department, or his or her designee.
(7) One member representing education appointed by
the President Pro Tempore of the Senate.
(8) One member representing education appointed by
the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
(9) The Director of the Department of Mental Health,
or his or her designee.
(10) One member representing education appointed by
(11) The Attorney General of Alabama, or his or her
(12) The Executive Director of the Office of
Prosecution Services, or his or her designee.
(13) One member representing Internet Service
Providers appointed by the Speaker of the House of
(14) One member representing mobile phone
manufacturing appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the
(15) One member of an organization associated with
family health and well-being appointed by the President Pro
Tempore of the Senate.
(16) One member with an organization focused on
civil liberties, including freedom of speech, appointed by the
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
(17) One member representing the Harris Home for
Children in Huntsville, Alabama.
(18) One member representing the Alabama Library
(b) The appointing authorities shall coordinate
their appointments to assure membership of the Alabama
Commission on Child Protection is inclusive and reflects the
racial, gender, geographic, urban, rural, and economic
diversity of the state.
(c) The commission shall have the following duties:
(1) Perform a complete and comprehensive review and
assessment of current state laws and rules regarding child
protection as it pertains to the use of the Internet and
electronic communication devices.
(2) Recommend improvements for the safety of
children who use the Internet and electronic communication
(3) Recommend legislation to implement methods to
improve the safety of children using the Internet and
electronic communication devices.
(d)(1) Appointments to the commission shall be made
within 30 days after the effective date of this act.
(2) The commission shall hold its first meeting no
later than August 1, 2018, with the date, time, and location
of the meeting designated by the President Pro Tempore of the
(3) At the first meeting, the commission shall elect
a chair, vice chair, and other officers as determined by the
commission, and shall set dates, times, and locations of
(e) The House of Representatives and the Senate
shall provide the necessary staff and support to the
commission to perform its duties.
(f) The commission shall submit its findings and
recommendations in writing to the Legislature no later than
the fifth Legislative day of the 2019 Regular Session, at
which time the commission shall be dissolved.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That all state agencies are
urged to cooperate fully with the commission in accomplishing
the objectives of the commission, and that a copy of this
resolution be presented to the appointing authorities set out
above so that our sincere and continuing interest in this
matter is known.