Proposed Constitutional Amendments

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On November 8, 2016 the voters in Alabama will have a number of Proposed Constitutional Amendments on the ballot. There will be 14 Proposed Amendments that will be voted on statewide and an additional 20 that will be voted on in individual counties.
Of the 14 statewide amendments four (4) pertain to a single county and 10 have statewide application. Unfortunately the four (4) single county amendments are subject to a statewide vote that theoretically could override the vote in the affected county. For that reason many suggest that you not vote on an amendment of local application unless you reside in the county that is affected. Those four amendments are:

  • Statewide Amendment 7 – Etowah County
  • Statewide Amendment 9 – Pickens County
  • Statewide Amendment 10 – Calhoun County; and
  • Statewide Amendment 12 – Baldwin County.

There are six (6) statewide amendments that in our opinion are of significant importance and deserve your consideration for a YES vote. They are:

  • Statewide Amendment 2 – Dealing with the funding for state parks
  • Statewide Amendment 3 – Dealing with revising the procedure for the adoption of Proposed Constitutional Amendments that impact only one county that if adopted by a unanimous vote of the Legislators voting would not require a statewide vote
  • Statewide Amendment 4 – Dealing with granting limited home rule to county commissions
  • Statewide Amendment 6 – Dealing with revisions to and providing a detailed process for impeachments effective January 1, 2017
  • Statewide Amendment 11 – Dealing with economic development and authorizing the use of tax increment districts by cities and counties; and
  • Statewide Amendment 14 – Dealing with ratifying certain local legislation adopted prior to November 8, 2016. If this amendment fails, mass chaos could ensue with the possible invalidation of hundreds of local laws resulting in a catastrophic fiscal impact to cities, counties, school districts and other local entities.

The remaining four (4) statewide amendments are “housekeeping amendments”. One possible exception to that is Proposed Statewide Amendment 8 which places in the Alabama Constitution language that constitutionally ratifies the existing statutory provision declaring Alabama a Right-to-Work state.

Attached to this Strategy Report is a complete list of the statewide and local amendments with reference to the Act of the Alabama Legislature proposing the amendment. If you have any question about these amendments or would like a copy of any the underlying Acts of the Alabama Legislature please let us know.

The Alabama House will reconvene in Regular Session at Noon on Tuesday, February 7, 2017
The Alabama Senate will reconvene in Regular Session at Noon on Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The views and opinions contained in this report do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the clients of Public Strategies, LLC