Ala. senator proposes Constitutional rewrite

Del Marsh (R-Anniston)
Del Marsh (R-Anniston)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) has introduced a resolution to set up a commission to rewrite Alabama's Constitution.

Designated SJR82, the resolution would create a commission of 16 people to suggest article-by-article changes to much of the Constitution over the next three years, Marsh said, to which proposed changes could be accepted or rejected by the Legislature. The senator's plan would leave final approval to Alabama voters before any changes would take effect.

"It's time to work on a solution to an issue that's been put off for too long," said Marsh. "While accomplishing true constitutional reform, this effort also takes any veiled attempt to raise taxes on the people of Alabama off the table."

Marsh says his resolution would exclude review of Articles 6 and 11 of Alabama's Constitution which deals with the judiciary and taxation which were revised in 1973.

The resolution is expected to be reviewed Tuesday by the Senate Rules Committee. 

At more than 340,000 words, Alabama currently operates under the longest constitution in the world.

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