Alabama
6:03 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Constitution Revision Going To Alabama Voters

Montgomery, AL – After years of talking about modernizing Alabama's 111-year-old Constitution, the Legislature is going to let voters decide in November if they want to revise the portions regulating corporations and banks.

Republican Rep. Paul DeMarco of Homewood worked for six years to get the two articles approved by the entire Legislature. He finally succeeded this week. The next step is a statewide referendum on the general election ballot Nov. 6.

DeMarco says the two revised articles deleted outdate language, such as regulations for the telegraph, and they don't address new taxes or gambling. DeMarco and the state's Constitutional Revision Commission hope to address the Constitution's legislative article next. He said revising the Constitution in pieces is easier for people to digest than doing the whole document at once.

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