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11 Constitutional Amendments On Alabama Ballot
A description of the 11 proposed constitutional amendments appearing on Alabama ballots statewide on Nov. 6:
Amendment 1: Extends the state's Forever Wild land preservation program for 20 years.
Amendment 2: Allows the state to sell more bonds to get money to offer industries to build or expand plants in Alabama.
Amendment 3: Makes the small Baldwin County community of Stockton a landmark district to protect it against annexation from a nearby town.
Amendment 4: Removes segregationist language from the Alabama Constitution about separating schools by race and paying poll taxes.
Amendment 5: Approves the transfer of assets and liabilities from the Prichard Water Works to the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System.
Amendment 6: Seeks to undercut the federal Affordable Care Act by prohibiting anyone from being compelled to participate in any health care plan.
Amendment 7: Provides that unions can only be organized by secret ballot rather than by employees signing a card.
Amendment 8: Revises the Legislature's pay plan to base compensation on Alabama's median household income.
Amendment 9: Updates the Constitution's 1901 article on corporations to reflect the many types of corporations that exist today.
Amendment 10: Rewrites the Constitution's 1901 article on banks to modernize the language, including removing the gold standard.
Amendment 11: Prohibits any town located entirely outside Lawrence County from imposing any municipal ordinance on its police jurisdiction that extends into Lawrence County, such as Decatur.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
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