Alabama Etowah County Court Costs Amendment (2012)

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An Etowah County Court Costs Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 6, 2012 ballot in Etowah County, Alabama, where it was approved.

The measure allowed the Alabama Legislature to alter the costs and charges of court by local or general act. According to the ballot text of the measure the proposal also allowed the lawmaking body to confirm local laws that authorize any additional court costs that were approved prior to this measure.[1]

Read the full text of the bill here.

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results

The following are unofficial election results:

Alabama Etowah County Court Costs Amendment (2012)
Approveda Yes 17,586 53.64%

Results via the as of 11/10/2012

Text of measure

The language that appeared before voters in Etowah County read as follows:

Relating to Etowah County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to authorize the Legislature, by local or general act, to fix, regulate, and alter the costs and charges of court and to ratify and confirm any local law authorizing any additional court costs enacted prior to the adoption of this amendment.[2]

Local constitutional amendments in Alabama

This measure was on the ballot in the state of Alabama. However, this question only appeared in its respective county for residents to vote on. The reason being was 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.

See also


  1. Alabama Secretary of State, "Proposed Amendments to Appear on the Statewide Ballot," accessed June 26, 2012
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.