Editorial: New State Constitution

It's a good thing we will be able to get our weeds cut more quickly now in Montgomery.

It's a shame we needed a recent special session of the state legislature to get permission to do it.

Local governments should be able to have more control over affairs affecting them.

That's not the case now.

Our state constitution made sure of that, consolidating special-interest power in Montgomery.

The constitution was written to take away voting rights from the poor and from minorities.

It requires counties and cities to get the state legislature to approve entirely too much.

It is past time to rewrite it.

Why should legislators representing other regions in the state decide whether our local government can enact a weed ordinance that makes more sense?

Let local governments govern.

Rewriting the constitution does create concerns but the possibilities it creates to pave the way for a more efficiently run state should win out.