The Alabama Legislature established the Constitutional Reform Commission in 2011 and the new group went right to work. The Commission met seven times and will resume meeting after the Legislative session of 2012. So far the Commission has recommended amendments to rewrite and repeal sections of the Banking Article (XIII) and the Corporation Article (XII).
These amendments will be introduced in the Legislature and, if approved, will go to voters as constitutional amendments in November. The Commission has not recommended changes to Article III, the Distribution of Powers. In its latest meeting, January 18, the Commission discussed Article IV, the Legislature. In that Article, there will be a chance to provide some home rule.
The Commission includes the Governor, Speaker of the House, President Pro Tem of the Senate, Chairs of the Judiciary Committees and Constitution and Election Committees of both Houses, plus nine persons appointed by the Governor, Speaker of the House, and President Pro Tem of the Senate. Gov. Robert Bentley appointed former Gov. Albert Brewer; Becky Gerritson from Wetumpka; and Vicki Drummond from Jasper, who is an Alabama Policy Institute supporter and Heritage Foundation member. Appointed by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh were: Carolyn McKinstry (Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing survivor and Vice Chair of the ACCR Mock Convention); Matthew Lembke, a lawyer from Birmingham; and Jim Pratt, another Birmingham lawyer, who is President of the Alabama State Bar. House Speaker Mike Hubbard appointed: Rep. Patricia Todd; John Anzalone from Montgomery; and Greg Butrus, a lawyer from Birmingham.
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