Republican legislators said all the usual things about how the law attracts jobs to their state, a zombie claim made every time Republicans are pushing such a law, despite being unsupported by any reliable data. Here's the thing:
Democratic Sen. Bobby Singleton of Greensboro said putting it in the constitution is unnecessary because no one has tried to repeal the right-to-work law.Oh, well, that's a good answer. "Nobody's trying to repeal this law." "But I repealed my former party affiliation, therefore somebody might someday try to repeal this law."
"Times change in this legislative body," said [the amendment's sponsor, state Sen. Gerald] Dial, who noted he had been a Democrat and an independent prior to becoming a Republican.
The good news, such as it is, is that it's not like putting a free rider law in the Alabama constitution makes anyone's life any worse. And while it would make the law a lot harder to repeal in the event that Alabama shifted to being a Democratic state, that's not likely to happen anytime soon.