Alabama's current constitution was written in 1901 and the state is still struggling with it. The Legislature has restarted an effort to rewrite the Alabama Constitution a few parts at a time. The Senate approved two proposed constitutional amendments that would make a few changes to the Constitution's articles on impeachment of public officials and separation of powers. The current constitution has so many far-reaching parts that it has kept the Legislature or local governments from adapting to changing needs without amending the constitution.
The argument can be made that nearly the entire constitution is inadequate to meet contemporary needs. Almost half the work done state officials is aimed at governing cities and counties - something we're paying other local elected officials to do. Rewriting or revising the constitution could put responsibility for running local government finally where it belongs in local hands.
I'm Vanessa Oubre, that's "My Take" what's yours?
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