Here in Alabama, we love things to be simple.
One thing that is not simple: our convoluted State Constitution.
Adopted in 1901, our crurrent most senior governing document is the longest operating constitution in the world. With 340,136 words, the document may be considerably difficult for any Alabamian to sit and read in one sitting.
While there are many flaws concerning the contents of the Constitution, the length alone is reason enough to scrap it and start fresh.
A major flaw in our constitution is the limitation of something called Home Rule. Essentially, local county governments do not hold ultimate authority over their jurisdiction.
Our state legislature spends almost half its time debating local issues, and over 70% of Alabama’s more-than 800 amendments apply to a single city or county.
Another flaw, not with the document itself but by our legislators, is it showcases a gruesome display of negligence.
However, the time to address the glaring faults in our most senior governing document is now.
Why go another day without a revised, current state constitution?
Naysayers may counter there is no point in revising it. They say our country’s Constitution takes precedence over any state constitution.