With only three legislative days remaining, one of the bills remaining on the docket is sponsored by State Sen. Dan Roberts (R-Mountain Brook) that would prohibit state contracts with businesses that boycott certain sectors of the economy based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies.

Last week, Senate Bill 281 (SB261) passed the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday. Earlier this month, the legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 27-8.

During his weekly appearance on Huntsville radio WVNN's "The Dale Jackson Show," Roberts' colleague State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) voiced his support for the legislation and stressed its importance for Alabama.

"I don't call it crazy at all, but one bill that I worked on with Senator Dan Roberts from the Birmingham area is the ESG legislation," he said. "I think that's important for our state to take a stand on that and to not engage in contractual relationships with those who are ... boycotting certain companies and industries."

"I think that will get a vote in the House," Orr continued. "Again, very important for our state on that — that we're not going to engage with companies that are engaging in politics along the ESG narrative. And hopefully, over time, the ESG narrative will dissipate and go away."

Jeff Poor is the executive editor of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email jeff.poor@1819News.com or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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