Other Issues - Constitutional Reform

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SB144 and HB331 - Constitution, Chief Justice required to recompile constitution and submit at 2022 Reg. Sess., and each regular session every 10 years thereafter, const. amend.

SB144 Sponsor(s): Senator Marsh
HB331 Sponsor(s): Representative Davis

Synopsis: This bill requires the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice to review the state constitution, remove all sections not in force, recompile it, and submit it for approval to the legislature during the 2022 session and every ten years thereafter.

League Action and Justification: Monitor:

Bill Progress in Legislature:


First Read and referred to the Senate committee on Senate Committee on Constitution, Ethics, and Elections (CE&E)

2nd Read and placed on the calendar; pending 3rd Read and favorable from CE&E.

02/23/2017: 3rd Reading Passed; option to Read a 3rd Time and Pass adopted by Roll Call

House Action

Read for the first time and referred to the House committee on Constitution, Campaigns and Elections (CC&E)


02/28/2017: Read for the first time and referred to the House committee on Constitution, Campaigns and Elections (CC&E)

green-right-arrow.jpgHB544 Constitutional Amendment - Recall of elected state officers, const. amend.

Sponsor(s): Representatives Ainsworth, Davis, Whorton (I), Harbison, Hanes, Mooney, Butler, Williams (JW), Wilcox, Shedd, Wadsworth, Patterson, Williams (P), Ledbetter, Farley, Daniels, Todd, Standridge, Treadaway, Sessions, Weaver, Ford, Fincher, Wingo, Carns, Drake, Morrow, Knight, McCampbell, Beech, Garrett, Givan, Rogers, England, Coleman, Ingram and Fridy

Synopsis: Under existing law, the Constitution of Alabama of 1901 does not provide for the recall of elected officials. This bill would propose an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide for the recall of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Auditor, and Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries.
This bill would:
  • provide who may initiate a petition for recall.
  • specify the grounds for recall, including violation of oath of office; malfeasance, misfeasance, or nonfeasance; moral turpitude; incompetence; and lack of physical or mental fitness.
  • provide for the content of the recall petition, initiating a recall petition, circulating a recall petition, certification, and time limitations.
  • provide for the recall election and for the removal of the officer.

Procedures for recall as contained in the bill: 25 or more residents of the State may initiate a petition for the recall of a state officer for whom they are qualified to vote. They must submit the petition to the Secretary of State in the manner and form prescribed by the Secretary along with a $500 fee.

League Action and Justification: Monitor for member and public information purposes. LWVAL has not position on recall.

Bill Progress in Legislature:

04/20/2017: Read for the first time and referred to the Committee on Constitution Campaigns & Elections (CC&E)

05/17/2017: Indefinitely postponed.


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