Alabama passes all 10 state amendments, constitution reworking

Alabama Constitution

Alabamians who visited the polls Tuesday approved a major reworking of the state’s constitution alongside 10 proposed statewide amendments.

Constitution of Alabama of 2022

Proposing adoption of the Constitution of Alabama of 2022, which is a recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, prepared in accordance with Amendment 1951, arranging the constitution in proper articles, parts, and sections, removing racist language, deleting duplicated and repealed provisions, consolidating provisions regarding economic development, arranging all local amendments by county of application, and making no other changes. (Proposed by Act 2022-111)

  • Yes Winner 76.5%
    886,270
  • No   23.5%
    272,384
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Alabamians approved adopting the Constitution of Alabama of 2022, which will remove racist language and streamline provisions and amendments in the document.

Statewide Amendment 1

Proposing an amendment to Section 16 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 16 of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, to create Aniah’s Law, to provide that an individual is entitled to reasonable bail prior to conviction, unless charged with capital murder, murder, kidnapping in the first degree, sexual torture, domestic violence in the first degree, human trafficking in the first degree, burglary in the first degree, arson in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, terrorism when the specified offense is a Class A felony other than murder, and aggravated child abuse of a child under the age of six. (Proposed by Act 2021-201)

  • Yes Winner 80.5%
    1,017,004
  • No   19.5%
    246,919
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Alabamians approved Aniah’s Law, which allows judges to deny bail for certain violent offenders.

Statewide Amendment 2

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to authorize the state, a county, or a municipality to grant federal award funds or any other source of funding designated for broadband infrastructure by state law to public or private entities for providing or expanding broadband infrastructure. (Proposed by Act 2022-117)

  • Yes Winner 78.6%
    937,436
  • No   21.4%
    255,874
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Alabamians approved Statewide Amendment 2, which expands the ability for the state or local governments to award federal grant money for broadband infrastructure.

Statewide Amendment 3

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to require the Governor to provide notice to the Attorney General and to the victim’s family prior to granting a reprieve or commutation to a person sentenced to death, and to void the reprieve or commutation if the Governor fails to provide notice. (Proposed by Act 2022-256)

  • Yes Winner 81.9%
    991,893
  • No   18.1%
    219,301
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Alabamians approved Statewide Amendment 3, which requires the governor to give notice to the attorney general and a victim’s family before granting a reprieve to a person sentenced to death.

Statewide Amendment 4

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended; to provide that the implementation date for any bill enacted by the Legislature in a calendar year in which a general election is to be held and relating to the conduct of the general election shall be at least six months before then general election. (Proposed by Act 2021-284)

  • Yes Winner 80.0%
    935,476
  • No   20.0%
    234,452
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Alabamians approved Statewide Amendment 4, which ensures any bill approved by the legislature can’t be enacted any sooner than six months before a general election.

Statewide Amendment 5:

Statewide Amendment 5

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to delete a provision giving the probate court of each county general jurisdiction over orphans’ business. (Proposed by Act 2021-202)

  • Yes Winner 68.7%
    778,586
  • No   31.3%
    354,527
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Alabamians approved Statewide Amendment 5, which removes the outdated phrase “orphan’s business” from from a provision.

Statewide Amendment 6

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, each municipality authorized under Amendment No. 8 to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing Section 216.01 of the Recompiled Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, to levy and collect the ad valorem tax pursuant to Amendment No. 8 for the purpose of paying bonds and the interest thereon, and may also levy and collect such ad valorem tax and utilize such funds for capital improvements on a pay-as-you-go basis at a rate not exceeding the rate then lawfully permitted for the municipality to directly pay the costs of public capital improvements, as well as to pay the principal and interest on bonds, warrants, or other securities issued to finance or refinance the costs of the improvements; and the ratify, validate, and confirm the levy and collection of such tax levied and collected for any of these purposes prior to the ratification of this amendment. (Proposed by Act 2021-327)

  • Yes Winner 60.7%
    674,971
  • No   39.3%
    436,812
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Alabamians approved Statewide Amendment 6, which adjusts how municipalities can use money they receive as an ad valorem tax.

Statewide Amendment 7

Proposing an amendment to revise Amendment 772 to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, to specify that all counties and municipalities may exercise the authority and powers granted by Amendment 772 to provide for economic and industrial development; to permit notice for Amendment 772 projects to be published in any newspaper in circulation in the county or municipality; and to ratify all actions and agreements of any county or municipality done under Amendment 772 unless subject to pending judicial proceedings on the date of adoption of this amendment. (Proposed by Act 2022-286)

  • Yes Winner 75.4%
    832,667
  • No   24.6%
    271,467
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Alabamians approved Statewide Amendment 7, which gives local governments more power to issue economic development incentives, allowing them to use public funds for economic purposes.

Statewide Amendment 8

Relating to Shelby County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of 1901, to bring certain privately owned sewer systems that use public rights-of-way of public roads under the jurisdiction of the Public Service Commission under certain conditions. (Proposed by Act 2021-199)

  • Yes Winner 71.6%
    685,048
  • No   28.4%
    272,284
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Alabamians approved Statewide Amendment 8, which brings certain privately owned sewer systems into the purview of the Public Service Commission.

Statewide Amendment 9

Relating to Jefferson County and Tuscaloosa County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to bring certain privately owned sewer systems that use public rights-of-way of public roads in the city limits of Lake View under the jurisdiction of the Public Service Commission, beginning January 1, 2023 and ending December 21, 2027. (Proposed by Act 2022-228)

  • Yes Winner 71.4%
    681,441
  • No   28.6%
    272,372
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Alabamians approved Statewide Amendment 9, which brings the Tannehill Sewer System in Jefferson and Tuscaloosa counties under the jurisdiction of the Public Service Commission.

Statewide Amendment 10

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to authorize the Code Commissioner, contingent upon the ratification of an official Constitution of Alabama of 2022, to renumber and place constitutional amendments ratified before or on the same day as the Constitution of Alabama of 2022, based on a logical sequence and the particular subject or topic of the amendment, and to provide for the transfer of existing annotations to any section of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to the section as it is numbered or renumbered in the Constitution of Alabama of 2022. (Proposed by Act 2022-177)

  • Yes   0%
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  • No   0%
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Alabamians approved Statewide Amendment 10, which OKs all the previous amendments to be enacted with the Constitution of Alabama of 2022.

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