Senate Passes "10 Commandments" Bill

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The Alabama Senate approved a proposed constitutional amendment Thursday that would authorize the display of the Ten Commandments in state buildings. The legislation now goes to the House.

The sponsor, state Sen. Gerald Dial, said he will try to get it passed, but the Legislature's special session will likely end before the House has time to vote.

In the meantime, the Court of the Judiciary set a Nov. 12 trial date for suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore, who is charged with violating judicial ethics standards. The court also gave Moore four more days to respond to the charges. His answers are now due Oct. 3.

The court never got to hear arguments on the matter at a hearing Thursday morning.

Moore's attorney, Terry Butts, instead asked the court to agree that by arguing the extension motion before the eight judges, Moore was not waiving his right in the future to ask some of them to step down.

Several judges testily told Butts his request was inappropriate, and that he should have sought recusals before filing any other motions.

Butts said he didn't want to talk about the extension, given the court's position the judges issued their ruling based on the written motion.