Bill would require high school students to pass U.S. citizenship test


A bill that would require Alabama high school students to take the U.S. Citizenship exam, could come up for a vote on the Senate floor when lawmakers return from break in April.

The bill passed out of committee Thursday night.

15 states already have similar laws on the books. Now a Republican lawmaker, Senator Arthur Orr, is pushing the bill here in Alabama.

The test is 100 questions long. It's the same test immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship must pass.

And on Friday, Local 15's Christian Jennings took those questions to the streets

"What do we call the first 10 amendments to the constitution?" Jennings asked Mobilians.

That's one of 100 questions you'll find on the civics portion of the U.S. Citizenship test.

It's the same test some Alabama lawmakers want high school seniors to take and pass before graduating.

Even questions like "Who is the Vice President?" or "Who is the President of the U.S?" stumped some folks on Friday.

If Senate Bill 32 passes in the House and Senate, students would have to answer 60 out of 100 multiple choice questions correctly. And 25 percent of the total grade earned in government class would be based on successfully completing the test.

Senator Rusty Glover of Mobile said he supports the legislation.

According to the bill, students would be able to retake the test until he or she passes.