ALABAMA PASSES AMENDMENTS CONCERNING PARKS, AUBURN UNIVERSITY, IMPEACHMENT

Alabamas Amendments

All 14 amendments on Tuesday’s ballot passed, creating changes across the state.

Amendment 1 added two new members to the board of Auburn University and limits the number of terms that can expire in the same year to two.

Amendment 2 prevents legislators from allocating state park funds to other purposes and allowing parks to use non-state entities for their operation and maintenance.

Amendment 3 decided that amendments on statewide ballots will now only pertain to the entire state. Amendments that concern only certain counties in the state will typically appear only on the ballots of affected counties.

Amendment 4 gives county commissions the power to make decisions about personnel, public property and transportation and more without the approval of the legislature. It also restricts a county from creating taxes, fees and programs that infringe on property owner rights.

Amendment 6 passed with only 54 percent of votes. It now requires a two-thirds majority vote of the Alabama Senate for removal from office for the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and other elected officials.

Amendment 9, which only concerns Pickens County, was a close race. The amendment created a special exception to a state law that puts an age limit of 70 years on the probate judge position. Now, probate judges in Pickens County can be 75-years-old.

Amendment 11 allows cities and counties to sell certain properties they own for less than market value if they are suitable for development for manufacturing facilities. This amendment expands city’s and county’s abilities under the Major 21st Century Manufacturing Zone Act of 2013, which allows Alabama to attract more industry jobs.

Amendment 14 retroactively validates local laws passed by the legislature between 1984 and November 8, 2016. This will resolve legal disputes over budget isolation resolutions that threaten over 500 local laws, many of which deal with funding for schools, hospitals, roads and more.

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