Bill targets parking in handicapped spaces

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 12, 2010

MONTGOMERY(AP) — The Alabama House has passed a bill that would make it harder for an able-bodied person to use someone else’s handicapped placard to get a better parking space.

The House voted 102-0 Thursday to pass a bill that would require the handicapped placard to include a person’s driver’s license number or their photo. The sponsor, Democratic Rep. Tommy Sherer of Jasper, said the purpose is to make it harder for able-bodied people to park in handicapped spaces.

Democratic Rep. Jack Page of Gadsden said he has been temporarily disabled in the past and knows how critical handicapped parking spaces are for people who really need them.

The bill now goes to the Senate.