Alabama constitutional revision challenge blocked

Scales of justice and gavel

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A divided Alabama Supreme Court has ruled against a Montgomery political activist who tried to stop the Legislature’s revision of the Alabama Constitution article by article.

Chief Justice Roy Moore dissented in the 8-1 decision Friday.

Sandra Bell, a leader of the Association for Judeo-Christian Values, challenged a resolution the Legislature passed in 2011 to set up a commission that is reviewing some articles of the Constitution and recommending revisions to the Legislature. She argued that the Constitution doesn’t allow that kind of revision. A Montgomery judge dismissed her suit in 2012, and she appealed to the Supreme Court.

The majority of the Supreme Court upheld the dismissal without issuing an opinion Friday. Moore’s dissent said the Legislature exceeded its constitutional authority with the article-by-article revision.

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