Ala. Voters to Decide on 11 Statewide Amendments

Nov 6, 2012

Voters in Alabama will do more Tuesday than elect a president and several state officials, they will vote on 11 proposed constitutional amendments.

Amendment 1 asks Ala. voters whether to continue a 20-year-old program that has allowed the state to buy 220,000 acres of public land to be used for hunting, fishing, birding and other activities.

Arguably the most debated amendment is No. 4. It's the second time lawmakers have attempted to remove racist language from the 1901 Constitution that allowed separate schools and poll taxes. But black legislators have opposed the measure saying it leaves an amendment that says Alabama children have no right to an education.

Other amendments include a measure to continue the Forever Wild land conservation program for 20 years and another pushed by Gov. Robert Bentley would allow Alabama to issues millions more in bonds to offer incentives for industrial development. Another measure could cut the pay of most legislators.

Another amendment challenges the federal Affordable Care Act.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.