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The Constitution of Alabama must be rewritten.

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Started: 12/17/2013 Category: Economics
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First round is Acceptance only.
No new arguments may be brought up in the final round.

This debate is pertaining to Alabama, the 22nd State within the United States of America, and its current constitution.

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Debate Round No. 1


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The Alabama Constitution is ineffecient and ineffective and therefore must be rewritten.

The Encumbrence of the Constitution

"At 340,136 words, the document is 12 times longer than the average state constitution, 40 times longer than the U.S. Constitution, and is the longest still-operative constitution anywhere in the world.[1] (The English version of the Constitution of India, the longest national constitution, is about 117,369 words long, a third of the length.)"(1)

The constitution of Alabama is colossal, and unecissarily so. What many people don't realize about the constitution is that most every piece of legislature made in Alabama requires a state constitution. This is the primary reason why the constitution has become so large. This system is ineffective, because it requires a large amouont of laborious work in order to pass simple legislature.(2)

The Constitution and Local Affairs

With the currents design of the Alabama constitution, local matters become a voting point of the whole state. Because all matters put up the vote require a constitutional amendment in Alabama, many affairs that deal only with one county or city. In fact, 75% of all of the 856 amendments affect only one county or city. When voting time rolls around, though (because these laws require a constitutional amendment), voters in Mobile, Alabama could be voting on how much the coroner of Huntsville, Alabama ought to be paid. The inability to create localized legislature effectively is one of the massive weaknesses of the Alabama constitution.(1)(2)

The constitution of Alabama is ineffecient, and cumbersome. This means that legislation is passed slowly. Local legislation can be affected by non-local voters. The state spends too much money on elections. The constitution must be rewritten.



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