New Alabama laws affect Scottsboro Boys, red tape

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) —
Alabama has several new laws taking effect Monday, including one
allowing the state parole board to issue posthumous pardons for the
Scottsboro Boys.

The founder of the Scottsboro Boys Museum, Sheila
Washington, says paperwork will be filed soon asking the board to issue
pardons removing rape convictions that occurred more than 80 years ago.
She says pardons would mean shame is gone from the names of the
Scottsboro Boys.

Other new laws are meant to cut red tape for
businesses, give new protections to utility workers, and make Alabama
more attractive to the military during the next round of base
realignments.

A new law regulating abortion clinic doctors was supposed to take effect Monday, but a judge put it on hold.