Consolidating school distircts
The lower house was apportioned based on each county's population, but it took more than 60 years before the state house was reapportioned after the national census, although the constitution had called for that to take place each decade.The vast differences in population between urban and rural counties through those decades resulted in rural areas being grossly overrepresented, giving them outsized influence over state affairs.constitution still operative anywhere in the world.The English version of the Constitution of India, the longest national constitution, is about 117,369 words long, a third of the length of Alabama's.
We the people of the State of Alabama, in order to establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution and form of government for the State of Alabama.
This prevents most local governments from passing any ordinances on taxation.
Although the home rule counties can pass ordinances on tax issues, even that authority is limited.
Event presentations and discussions highlighted the benefits of consolidation and identified legislative and advocacy strategies that can move the issue forward.
The primary goal of the forum was to re-engage interested groups and stakeholders in the issue; and develop an action plan, including a communications strategy, to move the issue forward over the next year and a half in the State Legislature and in preparation for a new governor.
The length and chaos of the current constitution is both the product and the result of a determined centralization of power in the state government dating from the late 19th century under white Democrats.