Rally to urge new constitution
Mobile Register, Monday, January 23, 2006
Staff Reporter

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Several hundred Alabamians are expected to gather on the Capitol steps in Montgomery Wednesday to rally for the right to vote on a new state constitution.

The "Let the People Vote" rally, sponsored by Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform, will be held at 11:15 a.m. at the Dexter Street steps of the Capitol to show support for a bill calling for a vote on rewriting the state's 1901 Constitution.

Organizers in Mobile and Baldwin counties have chartered a bus leaving Wednesday from Foley at 5:45 a.m. and Spanish Fort at 6:45 a.m. Bus fare for the trip is $20.

In Foley the bus will be behind the Foley Civic Center next to the National Guard Armory building in the back parking lot.

The only stop for Mobile and Eastern Shore passengers will be at Westminster Village, 500 Spanish Fort Blvd., in Spanish Fort. The group will then head to Montgomery around 7 a.m.

The bus will arrive in Montgomery in time for passengers to attend the public hearing on House version of the bill. The bus will leave for the return trip at 12:30 p.m., with expected arrival in Spanish Fort at 4 p.m. and Foley before 5 p.m.

"This trip speaks for our spirit saying to our state that we need a new constitution," said Jeanne Lacey, chair of the Baldwin County branch of the statewide reform group.

So far 32 people from Mobile and Baldwin have signed up to ride the bus to Montgomery, Lacey said. Those who want to ride can pay their bus fare when they arrive at the designated loading locations, she said.

During the rally, supporters of constitutional reform will present petitions containing more than 60,000 signatures calling for the Alabama Legislature to pass a bill allowing a referendum be placed on the November ballot so voters can decide if they want to rewrite the 1901 Constitution.

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