Alabama 1901 Constitution

Rewriting Constitution
5:18 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Constitution Revision Advocates Aren't Giving Up

Advocates of rewriting Alabama's 113-year-old Constitution say they are not giving up even though the process has stalled.
Credit The Birmingham News file

Advocates of rewriting Alabama's 113-year-old Constitution say they are not giving up even though the process has stalled.

The Legislature has been working since 2011 to rewrite the Constitution article by article. A Senate committee delayed action on four proposed articles after Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and Justice Tom Parker issued advisory opinions questioning the legality of the process.

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Alabama Constitution
5:02 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Constitutional Review Panel Makes No Major Changes

Alabama's Constitutional Revision Commission ended its rewrite of the state constitution on Wednesday with no major changes to provisions that give Montgomery broad control over the state's 67 counties.
Credit The Birmingham News file

Alabama's Constitutional Revision Commission ended its rewrite of the state constitution on Wednesday with no major changes to provisions that give Montgomery broad control over the state's 67 counties.

The commission was created by the Alabama Legislature in 2011 to review and rewrite the entire 1901 constitution, piece by piece. The commission's revisions require approval by the Legislature, and passage by voters as amendments, before they could become part of the constitution.

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Politics & Government
8:39 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Group Votes to Change Wording in Ala. Constitution

Alabama's 1901 constitution still includes language madating separate schools for "white and colored children."
The Birmingham News file

The Alabama Constitutional Revision Commission has voted to propose striking segregationist language from the Alabama's 1901 constitution mandating separate schools for "white and colored children."

   The Anniston Star reports the commission voted 9-7 Monday (http://bit.ly/165Hc57 ) to propose that Section 256 of the document instead say the state will maintain a system of public schools and drop references to segregation.

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Governor's Veto Power
5:02 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Commission Says Don't Change Governor's Veto Power

A commission established to study ways to revise the state Constitution has rejected a recommendation from Gov. Robert Bentley to expand the governor's veto power.
Credit State of Alabama

A commission established to study ways to revise the state Constitution has rejected a recommendation from Gov. Robert Bentley to expand the governor's power by making it harder for the Legislature to override his vetoes.

The commission is studying the 1901 Constitution and recommending proposed changes. Any changes would have to be approved by the Legislature and Alabama voters.

When the governor currently vetoes legislation, it takes a simple majority vote of the membership to override the veto. That's 53 votes in the House and 18 in the Senate.

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Politics & Government
6:45 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Ala. Voters to Decide on 11 Statewide 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.

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


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.

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Politics & Government
8:12 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Voters to Decide on Rewritten Constitution Parts

Alabama House member Paul DeMarco.
legislature.state.al.us

Some members of the Alabama Legislature have been trying for more than 10 years to rewrite the Alabama Constitution by doing it one article at a time.


Two of the rewritten articles are finally ready to go before voters. Proposed amendments rewriting two sections on the 1901 Constitution relating to banking and corporations passed the Alabama House and Senate earlier this year and will be on the Nov. 6 ballot.


It's a similar process that was used in the early 1970s to rewrite the state's judicial articles.

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