By David L. Martin
During this thorough revision of the 1975 version, the writer has extra fabric at the 1983 legislative districts, election legislations alterations, black political participation, implementation of the unified judicial process, the 1982 urban supervisor act, crusade finance, and the expansion of political motion committees, whereas preserving the structure that made the sooner learn so invaluable. Retained are the cautious definition of phrases, the reason of thoughts, and the examples that have been one of the strengths of the 1st variation.
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Other tribes are seeking recognition. Originally part of the Mississippi Territory created in 1798, the Alabama Territory was organized in 1817 along the present state boundaries. William Wyatt Bibb of Georgia was appointed territorial governor and then elected as the state's first governor in 1819. Early Alabama politics was a contest between the Georgia faction and the North Carolina machine, composed of settlers from those regions. Alabama's politics soon became intrastate, as the following chapter on constitutional development relates.
The constitution of 1901 can be amended by two processes: a majority vote of the legislature can call a constitutional convention if a majority of voters agree, or three-fifths of each house can submit a proposed amendment that is ratified by a majority of the people voting on it at an election. Governor Fob James campaigned for office in 1978 supporting a new constitution, but his proposal to hold a constitutional convention was defeated, the governor charged, by special interests benefiting from present arrangements.
Page iii Alabama's State & Local Governments Third Edition David L. 48-1984. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Martin, David L. Alabama's state and local governments / David L. Martin. 3rd ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-8173-0738-9 (alk. paper) 1. Local governmentAlabama. 2. AlabamaPolitics and government. I. Title. 4761dc2094-3923 British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data available Page v To the memory of my mother . . who suspected all politicians Page vii Contents Preface xiii 1.