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A publication of the League of Women Voters Education Fund
Based on a study conducted by the League of Women Voters of AL, 2003 - 2006.
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In May 2003, the LWVAL Convention authorized a study with the aim of updating the League’s information about legislative procedures and practices. ...In conducting the study and in preparing this Facts and Issues, the study committee adhered to LWV standards for accuracy, objectivity, balance, and a fair representation of all major points of view....

The League of Women Voters offers this publication in the belief that the information has the potential to increase understanding of the legislature among League members and the public.  The League’s goal is to promote the active and informed participation of citizens in government.    Both legislators and citizens testify to their need for better communication with each other.  Better understanding of the legislature is one tool for building the trust and participation necessary to raise the levels of expectation and accomplishment in Alabama.

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The Alabama Legislature:  Facts and Issues

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  1. Legislative Basics
  2. The Committee System
  3. Legislative Support:  Research and Staffing
  4. The Budget Process and Possible Reforms
  5. Local Legislation  
  6. Parties and Caucuses
  7. Lobbying and Interest Groups
  8. Citizen Access to the Legislature
Selected References

Appendix A:  Survey of Alabama Legislators (2005)