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Discussion: Home Rule

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Alabama is now the only state in the union that does not have a statewide home rule chart for its counties and the vast majority of its municipalities. Home rule would remove the lobbying of local officials for such simple small-scale issues and ordinances like this: 3 more state amendments added for local matters, should be determined either by the county commissions or boards. Why is it so difficult for us to achieve this simple matter?

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Why is it so difficult for us to achieve this simple matter?

Four words: our really long constitution. And as long as we keep electing people into office that can exploit the system for all it is worth, then a constitutional convention run by the people and for the people will never see the light of day.

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I think it is time we all have an open-forum discussion on the lack of or extreme limitations of home rule for county governments in the state. Also as to how it retards and restricts responsible development (economically, retail, and residential).

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I think it is time we all have an open-forum discussion on the lack of or extreme limitations of home rule for county governments in the state. Also as to how it retards and restricts responsible development (economically, retail, and residential).

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Last I recall a few counties do have home rule, but only, Jefferson, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Madison, Lee, Shelby, and Mobile. How did these counties get to have this and counties like Morgan and Houston, which contain the 7th and 8th largest cities in Bama, do not have home rule???? Duh, cause our constitution stinks. :~(

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The framers of our 1901 constitution wanted to make sure that large landowners and industrial interests (the "Big Mules" of 20th century Alabama politics) would be free from worrying about property tax increases or other regulation from county or city governments. They knew what they were doing and did a great job consolidating power in Montgomery, much to the consternation of future generations.

We desperately need home rule to allow our local governments to be free from the tyranny of state control, and to free our legislators from spending too much time on local bills in legislative sessions.

Viva Constitutional Reform!

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