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PARCA Amendment Review for General Election

PARCA Amendment Review for General Election

When voters go to the polls on November 6, they’ll not only be electing a governor, legislators, and other state and local officials, they’ll also be asked to vote on 19 new amendments to the Alabama Constitution of 1901. Voters statewide will decide whether to add four proposed amendments that will apply throughout the state. In addition, 15 local amendments will be voted on only in the counties in which they would apply.

Most state and national constitutions lay out broad principles, set the basic structure of the government, and impose limitations on governmental power. Such broad provisions are included in the Alabama Constitution. However, Alabama’s constitution delves into the minute details of government, requiring constitutional amendments for basic changes that would be made by the Legislature or by local governments in most states. Instead of broad provisions applicable to the whole state, about three-quarters of the amendments to the Alabama Constitution pertain to particular local governments. Amendments establish pay rates of public officials and spell out local property tax rates. A recent amendment, Amendment 921, grants municipal governments in Baldwin County the power to regulate golf carts on public streets.

Click here to view PARCA’s nonpartisan analysis of the four amendments that will be voted on statewide. 

Three Local Leaders Recognized by Yellowhammer News

Three Local Leaders Recognized by Yellowhammer News

Each year Yellowhammer News recognizes 50 influential leaders in Alabama politics, business and government, the Yellowhammer Power & Influence 50. This years full list will be announced at the Power of Service reception on Thursday, October 25th in Birmingham. Additionally, Yellowhammer recognizes several leaders from each region who are making a difference. For coastal Alabama, Elliot Maisel… Continue Reading

Bill Advancing in the House Would Increase GOMESA Funding

Bill Advancing in the House Would Increase GOMESA Funding

The Domestic Offshore Energy Reinvestment Act of 2018 was previously introduced by Rep. Garret Graves (R-Louisiana) and approved by the House Natural Resources Committee during a markup session on several pending bills last week. The Graves’ bill –cosponsored by Bradley Byrne would amend the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) to increase the percentage… Continue Reading

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