Sunday, June 17, 2012

Ballot Measures: Alabama

We're going to go through the ballot measures of each state that voters can vote on in the November 6, 2012 election.  Hopefully, we'll provide some information for you that is useful.

So, here we go.

Alabama: In Alabama, if one state legislator votes against a constitutional amendment then it forces a statewide vote.

Senate Bill 369: To propose a constitutional amendment to reauthorize the Forever Wild Land Trust for a 20 year period from fical year 2012-2013 to fiscal year 2031-2032.

House Bill 64: Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to amend Amendment 579 to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 177 of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama 1901, as amended, to provide that the right of individuals to vote for public office, public votes on referenda, or votes of employee representation by secret ballot is fundamental.

This is also known as the "Right-to-work" amendment. If passed, this would ensure that Alabama remains a right-to-work state by guaranteeing the right of individuals to vote by secret ballot on attempts to unionize. (Kerry Rich)

Senate Bill 112: Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to repeal portions of Amendment 111, now appearing as Section 256 of the official recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, relating to separation of schools by race and to repeal Section 259, Amendment 90, and Amendment 109, relating to the poll tax.

In the state constitution of Alabama, there is racist language about how black and white children could not attend school together and language about a poll tax. Although, these things are illegal, they are still listed in the state's constitution. (League of Women Voters of Birmingham)

Senate Bill 466: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide for the transfer of the assets and liabilities of the Water Works and Sewer Board of the City of Prichard to the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners of the City of Mobile, presently known as the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System.

House Bill 60: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to prohibit any person, employer, or health care provider from being compelled to participate in any health care system.

Basically, no individual mandate for those in Alabama.

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