Ten of 11 state amendments pass | News
MONTGOMERY, AL (AP)- Alabamians passed 10 of the 11 amendments presented on the ballot.
Voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 1, the Forever Wild Amendment. The amendment passed with almost 75 percent of the vote. The amendment reauthorizes the Forever Wild Program, a wilderness protection program that will stay in place for another 20 years.
Governor Robert Bentley pushed hard for Amendment 2, which would allow the state to refinance bonds to get a better rate, which supporters said will help the state recruit industries with incentives to build in Alabama or expand their plants. The bill passed easily with 69 percent of the vote.
Amendment 3 concerned the Stockton land district and passed with 68 percent of the vote.
Amendment 4 was the only amendment to fail and probably the most controversial on the ballot. The amendment dealt with removing racist language from the constitution. However, an overwhelming majority voted "no." It failed with only 39 percent in favor.
Amendment 5 concerned the transfer of Prichard Water. It passed with 69 percent in favor.
Amendment 6 was another controversial amendment. A "yes" vote would support Alabama not following the Affordable Healthcare Act, and it did pass with a 59 percent approval. However, it will have no effect because the U.S. Supreme Court already upheld the act.
Amendment 7 dealt with the right to a secret ballot and passed with 67 percent of the vote.
Alabamians also approved undoing the pay raise the lawmakers gave themselves in 2007. Their pay will now be determined by the median household income in the state. Amendment 8 also eliminates cost of living raises. It passed with a 68 percent approval.
Amendment 9 concerned corporation authority and passed with 58 percent of the vote.
Amendment 10 sought to repeal bank authority and was approved with 54 percent of the vote.
Amendment 11 dealt primarily with Lawrence County. It prohibited any municipality outside the county from imposing any ordinance or regulation inside the county. It easily passed with 66 percent of the vote.
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