The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

March 12, 2014

Senate panel considers Alabama Constitution changes


Associated Press

— MONTGOMERY  (AP) — A state Senate committee faces a key vote on whether to proceed with the Legislature's plan to rewrite the state Constitution article by article.

The Senate Constitution and Elections Committee is scheduled to consider revisions to four articles on Wednesday afternoon. They are the articles on impeachment of public officials, the legislative branch of government, the executive branch, and homestead exemptions for property taxes.

The committee's vote comes a week after two justices on the Alabama Supreme Court issued advisory opinions saying the Legislature's article-by-article approach is not authorized by the state Constitution.

That approach involves the Legislature rewriting an article and then submitting it to voters for approval in a statewide referendum.