Are we willing to put our rights on the table?
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 6, 2002
Amend. Reform. Rewrite.
Everyday language in Alabama politics.
Constitutional reform is one of the hottest platforms going in Alabama government today.
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But whether or not a constitutional convention will be enacted lies in the hands of not only the Alabama Legislature, but also in the hands of the people.
There is no question that many of the laws of the Alabama Constitution of 1901 are outdated, but to what extent should the document be changed?
The question that lies ahead of the voters of Alabama is easy
are we willing to put every right we have as Alabama residents on the table for discussion by delegates
whether they be elected officials, lobbyists or voters?
Such issues as freedom of religion, the right to bear arms, the right to trial by jury and protection from illegal search and seizure will all be discussed if a constitutional convention is
called, and the future of these issues will depend on the judgment of the delegates.
Beyond that, tax reform will be up for discussion and could result in increased taxes for the common man and more tax breaks and loopholes for corporations and big business.
The Alabama Constitution serves as a protection for the freedoms we currently have in Alabama, and its long history is an example of the progression of the state.
Like Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim James says, "Amend the Alabama Constitution
don't end it."
Don't hand off the rights that come along with being an Alabamian.