“If you’re sincere, you’re a public servant,” said Wood, a Republican from Saks. “We’re not here to hurt people. We’re here to help.”
As this legislative session comes to a close, Wood reflected last week on a busy and successful term. Ten of out of his 16 sponsored bills passed through the House and a handful have survived for the chance of a Senate vote on the session’s final day on Monday.
Two of Wood’s bills this term fall under the category of crime and offenses, which Wood has experience with as a former deputy sheriff. One bill would impose additional penalties on anyone arrested wearing a bulletproof vest, which Wood thinks is a warning sign.
“If they put that much forethought into wearing armor, they’ve probably put a lot of forethought into pulling the trigger,” Wood said.
A second bill would further define burglary in the first degree to include entering a house regardless of whether it is lawfully occupied. He believes that if passed, this law would protect children or other vulnerable people from becoming victims of theft.
“They will stake you out,” Wood said, referring to possible burglars. “This law will help deter them from entering your house.”
Wood also mentioned a bill that would allow a worker receiving compensation because of a work-related injury to be eligible for benefits from the Retirement System of Alabama. He says sponsoring this bill sprung from a personal connection to the issue.
“I had a friend that was not able to apply for the retirement service, “ Wood said. “With this law, people like him can get what they need.”
Earlier this month Wood supported a bill that would allow motorists to buy memorial license plates at a cost of $25. Intended to pay tribute to officers killed in the line of duty, the license plates would be designed and paid for by state law enforcement and the money from the tag fees would go towards the State Law Enforcement Memorial and the National Police Memorial.
“It helps recognize law enforcement around the state who are overworked and underappreciated,” Wood said.