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Overview

Alabama passed an anti-boycott law in 2016 prohibiting state contracts with entities that boycott Israel. SB 81 requires contractors to provide a written certification that they are not and will not engage in boycotts for the duration of the contract. The law excludes contracts worth less than $15,000 or contractors who bid at least 20% less than other bidders. Alabama also passed a joint resolution (SJR 6) in 2016, which condemns boycotts for Palestinian rights and pledges support for Israel.

State Legislation

Legislation
SB 81
Status
In Effect
In Effect Since
August 2016
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Contracts
Full Text
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This anti-boycott law prohibits state contracts with entities that boycott Israel. Contractors must provide a written certification that they are not and will not engage in boycotts for the duration of the contract. It excludes contracts worth less than $15,000 or contractors who bid at least 20% less than other bidders. 

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
HB 239
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
April 2016
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Contracts
Full Text
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This anti-boycott bill prohibits state contracts with entities that boycott Israel. Contractors must provide a written certification that they are not and will not engage in boycotts for the duration of the contract. It excludes contracts worth less than $15,000 or contractors who bid at least 20% less than other bidders. Lawmakers passed the companion bill SB 81. 

Resolutions

Legislation
SJR 6
Status
Passed
Date Passed
February 2016
Type(s)
Other
Full Text
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Alabama lawmakers passed a joint resolution condemning boycotts for Palestinian rights and falsely claiming that boycott campaigns on college campuses result in animosity, intimidation, and violence against Jewish students in Alabama. The Christian Zionist anti-Muslim hate group Proclaiming Justice to the Nations led the lobbying effort, calling for the Alabama legislation to be a model for other states.

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