Alabama Homestead Exemptions Amendment, HB 608 (2014)

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The Alabama Homestead Exemptions Amendment, HB 608 will not be on the November 4, 2014 general election ballot in Alabama as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would have repealed the original Article X of the 1901 Alabama Constitution and readopted this article in order to make technical changes, including:[1]

Capitalization and gender neutral references, to authorize the Legislature to provide by general law for the exemption of homesteads and personal property and other property and the waiver of the exemption and to delete specific provisions relating to the homesteads, laborer's and mechanic liens, and property rights of females.

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This measure was sponsored in the legislature by Rep. Paul Beckman (R-88), Rep. Patricia Todd (D-54) and Rep. Randy Davis (R-96) as House Bill 608.[1]

Support

This measure was sponsored by Representatives Paul Beckman, Patricia Todd and Randy Davis.[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Alabama Constitution

Article XVIII of the Alabama Constitution defines two ways to amend the state constitution:

  • If both houses of the Alabama State Legislature by a three-fifths (60%) vote agree, then a proposed constitutional amendment shall go on a statewide election ballot. If that amendment is approved by a simple majority of those voting in that election, it becomes part of the constitution.
  • Amendments can initiate in either the Alabama State Senate or the Alabama House of Representatives.
  • Amendments can be voted on either at the next general election, or at a special election date determined by the state legislature. Any such special elections must take place "not less than" three months after the final adjournment of the session of the legislature during which the amendment(s) was proposed.
  • Notice of the fact that an election on a proposed amendment is going to take place must be published in each county of the state for at least eight successive weeks prior to the election.
  • If both chambers of the state legislature agree by a simple majority vote, then a ballot question about whether to have a statewide constitutional convention can be placed on the ballot; if that question is approved by a majority of those voting in that election, then a constitutional convention will be called.

See also

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 OpenStates.org, "Alabama HB 608: Bill Text," accessed March 18, 2014
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.