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Alabama Primary Election has one statewide, four local measures; could impact state constitution

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May 25, 2010

MONTGOMERY, Alabama: Five questions are on the June 1, 2010 primary election ballot in Alabama, and although all may amend the state constitution, only one will appear on the statewide ballot. Four ballot measures will only appear in their respective counties for them to vote on. The reason being is that in order to pass local county laws, an amendment to the state constitution is needed. Alabama mandates that county governments seek legislative approval or legislatively-referred constitutional amendment ballot measures for approval of laws. The four measures are:[1]

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Colbert Co. Amendment Environment Treated human sewage biosolids may not be applied to land as a fertilizer.
LRCA Franklin Co. Amendment Environment Treated human sewage biosolids may not be applied to land as a fertilizer.
LRCA Lawrence Co. Amendment 1 Environment Treated human sewage biosolids may not be applied to land as a fertilizer.
LRCA Lawrence Co. Amendment 2 Environment Use portion of revenues from the operation of any county landfill for general county purposes.

The one statewide measure to appear on the ballot in the state would ask voters whether or not to allow propane dealers to vote on collecting 1/10th of a cent fee on each gallon sold in the state. The revenue raked in from the fee would be used for rebates from buyers wanting to obtain propane equipment that would be energy-efficient. The money would also be used for educational programs in the propane industry.[2][3]

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