STATEWIDE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO APPEAR ON THE
2024 PRIMARY ELECTION BALLOT
In addition to party elections for president, congressional seats, state and local judicial offices, Public Service Commission president, state school board, and county commission posts, statewide constitutional amendments will appear on the ballot when Alabamians go to the polls or vote absentee in the March 5 Republican and Democratic primaries.
Statewide Amendment 1 would make it easier for the Alabama Legislature to vote upon local legislation and local constitutional amendments by removing a sometimes difficult-to-approve procedural step.
Because many local bills deal with tax increases and other sometimes controversial issues, legislators from outside a delegation are often reluctant to vote on a BIR. In addition, differing legal interpretations of the number of votes needed for a BIR on local legislation have raised questions in the past.
Amendment 1 would simply exempt local legislation from the BIR process so that bills requested by counties and municipalities may be considered more easily.
Because Alabama’s Constitution does not provide for home rule, many local measures must be considered by the Legislature rather than by city councils and county commissions, and passage of the amendment would leave that unchanged.
A YES vote on Amendment 1 would allow proposed local laws and proposed local constitutional amendments to be considered before the state budgets are approved and sent to the Governor without the additional three-fifths (3/5ths) supermajority vote.
A NO vote on Amendment 1 would continue to require the additional three-fifths (3/5ths) superiority vote for proposed local laws and proposed local constitutional amendments to be considered before the state budgets are approved and sent to the Governor.
OUR LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
Our work in the Legislature compliments The RSA and Dr. Bronner’s goals and desires for your defined benefit retirement plan. Our main purpose is to keep employees and retirees informed regarding your benefits, to let you know when it is the best time to contact your legislators about impending legislation, and when bills are coming up for a vote as well as your local government officials when they need to be contacted regarding benefits.
We want you to know what is best to mention to your elected officials as they are often unaware of or misinformed about the details or impact that legislation may have on your retirement and your life.