A recent survey indicates that 63.9% of likely voters in Alabama want their lawmakers to vote for a bill that would let the people decide whether they want a constitutional convention to draft a new state constitution. That is a pretty strong statement by the folks who sent the current members of the Alabama Legislature to Montgomery. I am told by capital insiders that the chance of a constitutional convention happening is slim and none. It would seem at first blush that all Legislators would trust the people of Alabama to make this important decision. But the special interest lobbyists want no part of a convention where ordinary folks would have a say in decisions that affect their daily lives and the future of our state.
In my opinion, Alabama badly needs a new constitution. The 1901 Constitution is badly flawed and is in need of change. For example, local governments need more input in local issues that face their people. Much of our state’s unfair tax system is firmly embedded in the 1901 Constitution and that results in unfair tax burdens on the poor and middle class. I hope that the current crop of legislators will see the light and vote for a constitutional convention. If you agree, contact your legislators and ask them to give the people of Alabama the right to vote on this important matter.
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