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}}{{tnr}}The '''Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust Amendment''', also known as '''Amendment 1''', appeared on the [[Alabama 2012 ballot measures|November 6, 2012]] ballot in the state of [[Alabama]] as a {{lrcafull}} where it was '''approved'''.  
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}}{{tnr}}The '''Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust Amendment''', also known as '''Amendment 1''', appeared on the [[Alabama 2012 ballot measures|November 6, 2012]] ballot in the state of [[Alabama]] as a {{lrcafull}}, where it was '''approved'''.  
  
The measure extended payments made to the Forever Wild Land Trust for a 20-year period. The payments are from fiscal year 2012-2013 to fiscal year 2031-2032.  
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The measure extended payments made to the Forever Wild Land Trust for a 20-year period. The payments were proposed to be from fiscal year 2012-2013 to fiscal year 2031-2032.  
  
The proposal was introduced during [[Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions|2011 state legislative session]].  It's formal title is [http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/acas/ACASLoginFire.asp Senate Bill 471].<ref> [http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2011/05/forever_wild_deserves_alabama.html ''AL.com'', "Forever Wild deserves Alabama residents' support at ballot box in 2012", May 9, 2011]</ref>
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The proposal was introduced during [[Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions|2011 state legislative session]].  It's formal title was [http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/acas/ACASLoginFire.asp Senate Bill 471].<ref> [http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2011/05/forever_wild_deserves_alabama.html ''AL.com'', "Forever Wild deserves Alabama residents' support at ballot box in 2012", May 9, 2011]</ref>
 
==Election results==
 
==Election results==
 
:: ''See also: [[2012 ballot measure election results]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[2012 ballot measure election results]]''
The following are unofficial election results:  
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The following are '''official''' election results:  
  
 
{{Short outcome
 
{{Short outcome
 
| title = Alabama Amendment 1
 
| title = Alabama Amendment 1
| yes = 907,004
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| yes = 1,323,819
| yespct = 75.29
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| yespct = 75.16
| no = 297,754
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| no = 437,560
| nopct = 24.71
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| nopct = 24.84
 
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[[Category:Approved, general, 2012]]
 
[[Category:Approved, general, 2012]]
  
'''32 out of 67 precincts reporting'''
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Results via the [http://www.sos.state.al.us/downloads/election/2012/general/2012GeneralResults-AllStateAndFederalOfficesAndAmendments-WithWrite-inAppendix.pdf Alabama Secretary of State]'s website.
 
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Results via the [http://www.sos.alabama.gov/elections/electionResults.aspx Alabama Secretary of State]'s website.
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==Text of measure==
 
==Text of measure==
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==Background==
 
==Background==
Since the creation of Forever Wild Land Trust, the organization has purchased lands for recreational uses, nature preserves, additions to Wildlife Management Areas and state parks. The lands that are usually acquired range from coastal wetlands to mountain tops. Four categories can be used to describe the property.  According to reports, those categories are nature preserves, state parks, recreational and WMA potential.<ref> [http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20110626/SPORTS05/106260306/Voters-decide-Forever-Wild ''Montgomery Advertiser'', "Voters to decide on Forever Wild", June 26, 2011]</ref>
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Since the creation of Forever Wild Land Trust, the organization had purchased lands for recreational uses, nature preserves, additions to Wildlife Management Areas and state parks. The lands that were usually acquired ranged from coastal wetlands to mountain tops. Four categories could be used to describe the property.  According to reports, those categories were nature preserves, state parks, recreational and WMA potential.<ref> [http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20110626/SPORTS05/106260306/Voters-decide-Forever-Wild ''Montgomery Advertiser'', "Voters to decide on Forever Wild", June 26, 2011]</ref>
 
==Support==
 
==Support==
 
* The sponsor of the bill during session was [[Alabama Senate|State Senator]] [[Dick Brewbaker]].<ref> [http://arc-sos.state.al.us/PAC/SOSACPDF.001/A0008609.PDF ''Alabama Secretary of State'', "Senate Bill 369", Retrieved September 18, 2012]</ref>
 
* The sponsor of the bill during session was [[Alabama Senate|State Senator]] [[Dick Brewbaker]].<ref> [http://arc-sos.state.al.us/PAC/SOSACPDF.001/A0008609.PDF ''Alabama Secretary of State'', "Senate Bill 369", Retrieved September 18, 2012]</ref>
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==Opposition==
 
==Opposition==
* On the grounds of "fiscal sanity", the group [http://www.notforeverwild.org/ Not Forever Wild] was against the measure. The group states about the ballot language: "It would appear something more should be included on this ballot especially when another $300 million of OUR dollars are at stake. Nope, nothing missing. Miss-leading, lacking integrity and uprightness; this is all we are gonna get this time around. This is all our state representatives, big business, and Non-Government Organizations (NGO) would prefer we understand."<ref> [http://www.notforeverwild.org/2012ballot.htm ''Not Forever Wild'', "1992 vs 2012 Forever Wild Constitutional Ballots", Retrieved October 3, 2012]</ref>
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* On the grounds of "fiscal sanity", the group [http://www.notforeverwild.org/ Not Forever Wild] was against the measure. The group stated about the ballot language: "It would appear something more should be included on this ballot especially when another $300 million of OUR dollars are at stake. Nope, nothing missing. Miss-leading, lacking integrity and uprightness; this is all we are gonna get this time around. This is all our state representatives, big business, and Non-Government Organizations (NGO) would prefer we understand."<ref> [http://www.notforeverwild.org/2012ballot.htm ''Not Forever Wild'', "1992 vs 2012 Forever Wild Constitutional Ballots", Retrieved October 3, 2012]</ref>
 
* In an article by Frank Dillman published in ''Tea Party 911'', "Remember those proponents who want to continue to miss-use of OUR money will be quick to tell you that it is not tax revenue. They are correct. However, every nickel and dime is OUR money generated from the many gas and oil leases in the Gulf and believe it or not, on leased Forever Wild land. Leasing land for 94 years, permitting the owners to retain the mineral rights and to drill, only to have the lease lapse in 94 years (maybe the life expectancy of the wells?) for hunting and outdoor rights? Nothing permanent, or better yet “Forever” here."<ref> [http://www.teaparty911.com/blog/alabama-forever-wild-is-not-wild-forever/ ''Tea Party 911'', "Alabama Forever Wild is Not Wild Forever", Retrieved October 3, 2012]</ref>
 
* In an article by Frank Dillman published in ''Tea Party 911'', "Remember those proponents who want to continue to miss-use of OUR money will be quick to tell you that it is not tax revenue. They are correct. However, every nickel and dime is OUR money generated from the many gas and oil leases in the Gulf and believe it or not, on leased Forever Wild land. Leasing land for 94 years, permitting the owners to retain the mineral rights and to drill, only to have the lease lapse in 94 years (maybe the life expectancy of the wells?) for hunting and outdoor rights? Nothing permanent, or better yet “Forever” here."<ref> [http://www.teaparty911.com/blog/alabama-forever-wild-is-not-wild-forever/ ''Tea Party 911'', "Alabama Forever Wild is Not Wild Forever", Retrieved October 3, 2012]</ref>
 
==Campaign contributions==
 
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==Path to the ballot==
 
==Path to the ballot==
[[Article XVIII, Alabama Constitution|Article XVIII]] of the [[Alabama Constitution]] said that it took a three-fifths (60%) vote of the [[Alabama State Legislature]] to qualify an amendment for the ballot.
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[[Article XVIII, Alabama Constitution|Article XVIII]] of the [[Alabama Constitution]] says that it takes a three-fifths (60%) vote of the [[Alabama State Legislature]] to qualify an amendment for the ballot.
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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* [[Alabama 2012 ballot measures]]
 
* [[Alabama 2012 ballot measures]]
 
* [[2012 ballot measures]]
 
* [[2012 ballot measures]]
 
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==Additional reading==
 
==Additional reading==
* [http://www.wtvy.com/news/headlines/On-the-Ballot-Alabama-Amend-174723041.html ''WTYV.com'', "On the Ballot: Alabama Constitution Amendment #1", October 18, 2012]</ref>
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* [http://www.wtvy.com/news/headlines/On-the-Ballot-Alabama-Amend-174723041.html ''WTYV.com'', "On the Ballot: Alabama Constitution Amendment #1", October 18, 2012]
  
 
==External links==
 
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Revision as of 15:22, 20 February 2013

Amendment 1
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Alabama Constitution
Referred by:Alabama Legislature
Topic:Environment
Status:Approved Approveda
The Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust Amendment, also known as Amendment 1, appeared on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Alabama as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

The measure extended payments made to the Forever Wild Land Trust for a 20-year period. The payments were proposed to be from fiscal year 2012-2013 to fiscal year 2031-2032.

The proposal was introduced during 2011 state legislative session. It's formal title was Senate Bill 471.[1]

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results

The following are official election results:

Alabama Amendment 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,323,819 75.16%
No437,56024.84%

Results via the Alabama Secretary of State's website.

Text of measure

Ballot language

The ballot language that voters saw on the ballot read as follows:[2]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, relating to the Forever Wild Land Trust, to reauthorize the trust for a 20-year period.

Yes ___

No ___

Background

Since the creation of Forever Wild Land Trust, the organization had purchased lands for recreational uses, nature preserves, additions to Wildlife Management Areas and state parks. The lands that were usually acquired ranged from coastal wetlands to mountain tops. Four categories could be used to describe the property. According to reports, those categories were nature preserves, state parks, recreational and WMA potential.[3]

Support

  • The sponsor of the bill during session was State Senator Dick Brewbaker.[4]
  • The main group in favor of the measure was Alabamians for Forever Wild.
  • In an article by Robert J. Beadles Jr. in the Opelika-Auburn News, "Forever Wild has a long list of corporate and private partners and supporters. The program receives a broad-range support from conservation, outdoor recreation and business communities. Organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Nature Conservancy and others have partnered with Forever Wild to secure various public lands for current and future Alabamians and visitors to enjoy. I am impressed with the Trust’s commitment to fostering Alabama's environmental diversity and ongoing educational efforts of the Forever Wild programs. I hope you will join me in continuing to support the future of Alabama's Forever Wild initiatives."[5]
  • In a column published by Riley Boykin, former board member of Forever Wild and former commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, he stated, "Forever Wild increases public access for recreational opportunities all across Alabama, drives outdoor recreation tourism, and protects environmentally sensitive areas all with NO tax dollars. Orange or crimson, republican or democrat, outdoorsman or environmentalist, Forever Wild is an incredible program for all current and future Alabamians. It's an easy choice: We need to 'VOTE YES' on Amendment 1 on November 6th to continue Forever Wild and Alabama's proud outdoor heritage."[6]

Opposition

  • On the grounds of "fiscal sanity", the group Not Forever Wild was against the measure. The group stated about the ballot language: "It would appear something more should be included on this ballot especially when another $300 million of OUR dollars are at stake. Nope, nothing missing. Miss-leading, lacking integrity and uprightness; this is all we are gonna get this time around. This is all our state representatives, big business, and Non-Government Organizations (NGO) would prefer we understand."[7]
  • In an article by Frank Dillman published in Tea Party 911, "Remember those proponents who want to continue to miss-use of OUR money will be quick to tell you that it is not tax revenue. They are correct. However, every nickel and dime is OUR money generated from the many gas and oil leases in the Gulf and believe it or not, on leased Forever Wild land. Leasing land for 94 years, permitting the owners to retain the mineral rights and to drill, only to have the lease lapse in 94 years (maybe the life expectancy of the wells?) for hunting and outdoor rights? Nothing permanent, or better yet “Forever” here."[8]

Campaign contributions

Support

The following are contributions made in support of the measure:[9]

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Category:Ballot measure endorsements Support: $871,320
Circle thumbs down.png Opposition: $3,717.28
Donor Amount
Alabamians for Forever Wild $871,320

Opposition

The following are contributions made in opposition of the measure:[10]

Donor Amount
Not Forever Wild $3,717.28

Path to the ballot

Article XVIII of the Alabama Constitution says that it takes a three-fifths (60%) vote of the Alabama State Legislature to qualify an amendment for the ballot.

See also

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