He said he would also take look at HB 296, which would require public schools and hospitals to count the illegal immigrants they serve and report that information to the state. Alabama has a similar law in place for counting illegal immigrants in its public schools, but a federal appeals court has put that provision on hold following a court challenge from the Obama administration. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange recently said the state should scrap that portion of its immigration law.
“I’m not sure we are ready to move forward on it because of the constitutional challenge to the other bill” in Alabama, Ralston said.
He added about Georgia’s HB 25 and HB 296: “We will look at both of those two and make sure all of the questions have been answered. I am not saying either of them will be passed, but I think they are both worthy of having some discussion.”