Alabama Chinese Property Bill Update
The state Senate has amended the bill considerably.
Today, the Senate Agriculture, Forestry, and Conservation Committee adopted a substitute version that changed the substance of the bill, narrowing the focus to farm property and land near military bases and critical infrastructure like power plants, water and sewer treatment plants, gas processing centers, seaports, and airports.
The substitute bill would not ban Chinese citizens who live in Alabama from buying property. It would ban the governments of China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia from buying property in Alabama that is used for agricultural or forestry or that is within 10 miles of a military base or critical infrastructure. People and businesses in those four nations, defined as “foreign countries of concern,” would also be under the ban.
The bill says the ban would also apply to “a person, country, or government identified on any sanctions list of the United State Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.”
While I still think that the main output here is to signal xenophobia (as well as solving a nonexistent problem), this is a massive improvement over the bill I discussed yesterday.