Fall 2008 Edition
Published February 22, 2008
© 2008 League of Women Voters of Alabama
Update on Constitutional Reform
ACCR has come further in our quest for a new constitution in Alabama than ever before. Legislation reached the floor of the Alabama House last year and ACCR feels it will go further this year. This Legislative Session bills are again sponsored in the House by Speaker Pro Tem, Demetrius Newton (HB 308) and in the Senate by Senator Ted Little (SB 243). The bills, if passed, will set a date for voter approval of a constitutional convention at the June Primary of 2010. Election of delegates will follow the following November at the same time as the Gubernatorial election (2010)and the delegates would spend the next year writing a new constitution. Final approval of the new document, which voters can approve in part or as a whole, will probably take place in the November election of 2012.
The quest for a new convention has gained the support of more than 30 organizations throughout the state in a dedicated movement called Constitution Convention Coalition. In addition, a College Council of many colleges has joined forces to bring this effort forward. We are relentless and we will ultimately succeed.
-- Nancy Ekberg
LWVAL ACCR Co-Coordinator
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