If the Alabama Legislature passes state Sen. Hank Sanders' resolution apologizing for slavery, Gov. Bob Riley says he'll sign it. Riley said he would sign it in a heartbeat and send it back.
The legislature returns from its spring break Tuesday, one day after the official state holiday for Confederate Memorial Day, and Sanders, of Selma, said he hopes to bring back up for debate his resolution expressing "profound regret" for slavery.
Political scientist D'Linell Finley at Auburn University-Montgomery said Riley's emphatic position is significant.
He said the fact you have a white Southern governor acknowledging the past and bringing about some reconciliation is significant. Finley says it expresses how far we have comes as a state and a nation.