In 2003, ACCR established the Alabama Citizens’ Commission on
Constitutional Reform under the leadership of the late Dr. Thomas Corts in 2002 when he was Chair of ACCR. It was chaired by then Secretary of State, Jim Bennett and made several recommendations. But none of the recommendations immediately became law.

Governor Riley praised the Commission for their work and then in 2003, set up a commission to study parts of the Constitution with a goal toward reform. It was called the Alabama Citizens Constitution Commission. It was chaired by then Secretary of State, Jim Bennett, with Vice-Chair, Lenora Pate.The Commission studied recompilation, limited home rule, excessive earmarking, line item veto, a higher vote threshold for tax increases and recompilation. A very limited home rule law was approved by the legislature and recompilation was carried out by Legislative Services.


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