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dments to the Constitution of Alabama SPECIAL SECTION IN THE TUSKEGEE NEWS PUBLISHED OCTOBER 12, OCT. 19, OCT. 26, NOV. 2 -- YEAR 2000 the Alabama ~gular Session an election to be a certain proposed to the Constitution of set out herein as Act and further such election be held statewide general in accordance with 555 to the of Alabama of 1901; the next statewide will be and occur November 7, 2000; notice of this elec- with this proposed is required by law provisions of Act No. to be given by of the Governor, shall be pub- a week for four suc- immediately pre- day appointed for the all newspapers quali- notices in the I, Don Governor of the State by the power and vested in me as do hereby give notice, proclaim that on November 7, 2000, an be held in the man- form provided by law amendment to of 1901 of the to be used at the the question shah be as follows: NUMBER 4 to a statewide proposed to authorize the col- tad valorem tax except is a special county- tax. v Act No. 2000-242 ) NO on the proposed as taken directly set out hereinafter Under existing law, may levy and col- school tax if the tax by the qualified else- district, and the coun- the district is located a minimum three-mill would propose an to the Constitution of of 1901, to repeal the that no district ad val- shall be voted upon or in those counties and collecting a ad valorem an amendment to the of Alabama of 1901, the provision that no valorem tax shall be or collect~sd except in that are levying a special county- tax. BY THE LEG- OF ALABAMA: The following amend- the Constitution of 1901, as amended, is shall become valid when approved of the qualified eloc- thereon and in aocor- 284, 285. and the Constitution of as amended: contained in ,of Amendment No. 3 to relating to dis- taxes and shall be or collected except in that are levying not less than a Sl~Aal county soh~ol hereby repealed. any other provi- constitution or any the levy of a countywide tax shall not be required as a condition precedent for the levy and collection of any district school tax in any school district in the state. Section 2. An election upon the proposed amendment shall be held in accordance with Sections 284 and 285 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, and the election laws of this state. Section 3. The appropriate elec- tion official shall assign a ballot number for the proposed constitu- tional amendment on the election ballot and shall set forth the fol- lowing description of the sub- stance or subject matter of the proposed constitutional amend- ment: "Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to repeal the provision that no district ad valorem tax shall be voted upon or collected except in those counties that bxe levying and collecting a special county- wide ad valorem tax. Proposed by Act , ,~ This description shall be followed by the following language: ~Yes ( ) No( )." I further direct and proclaim that notice of this election to be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2000, upon the above set forth proposed amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901 of the State of Alabama, be given by publishing the same once a week for four suc~ cessive weeks immediately pre- ceding Sunday, the 8th day of October, 2000, in a newspaper qualified to run legal notices in each county in the state. In every county in which no newspaper is published, a copy of the notice shall be posted at each court- house and pest office in such county. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Alabama to be affuced by the Secretary of State, at the Capitol, in the City of Montgomery, Alabama, on this the 31st day of Ju3y 2000. DON SIEGELMAN GOVERNOR ATTESt. JIM BENNETT SECRETARY OF STATE WHEREAS, the Alabama Legislature at its Regular Session of 2000 ordered an election to be held on a certain proposed amendment to the Constitution of Alabama, set out herein as Act No. 2000-273; and further ordered that such election be held at the next statewide general election in accordance with Amendment 555 to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901; and WHEREAS, the next statewide general election will be and occur on Tuesday, November 7, 2000; and WHEREAS, notice of this elec- tion, together with this propom~ amendment, is required by law and by the provisions of Act No. 2000-273 to be given, by Proclamation of the Governor, which Proclamation shall be pub- I/shed once a week for four sue- ceasive weeks immed/ately pre- ceding the day appointed for the election, in all newspapers quali- fied to run legal notices in the State of Alabama. NOW, THEREFORE, I, Don Siegelman, Governor of the State of. Alabama by the power and authority vested in me as Governor, do hereby give notice, direct and proclaim that on ~Ueeday, November 7, 2000, an electioa will be held in the man- ner and form provided by law upon the following amendment to the Co,~stitution of 1901 of the State of Alabama: On the ballots to be used at the election, the question shall be substantially as follows: AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 Relating to Clay County, propes- ing an amendment to authorize certain elected or appointed pub- lic officials to participate in the Employee's Retirement System. Proposed by Act No. 2000-273 YES ( ) NO ( ) The language on the proposed amendment as taken directly from the act is set out hereinafter asfollows: Rep. Laird SYNOPSIS: Under existing law, elected public officials are prohib- ited from participating in the Employees' Retirement System. Because of the prohibition, cer- tain elected officials are granted supernumerary status when they are retired from public office. This bill would propose an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, Which would phase out the current supernu- merary program for certain elect- ed officials in Clay County and would allow elected or appointed Clay County officials, as defmed, to participate in the State Employees' Retirement System. A BILL TO BE ENTITLED ANACT Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide that certain elected or appointed public officials in Clay County may participate in the Employees' Retirement System in lieu of participating in a supernu- merary program or system. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEG- ISLATURE OF ALABAMA: Section I. The following amend- ment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, is proposed and shall become valid as a part of the Constitution when all require- ments of this act are fulfilled: PROPOSED AMENDMENT No elected or appointed Clay County official may ustWwe a supernumerary office after the effective date of this amendment. Any person who, on the effective date of this amendment, is enti- tled to participate in a supernu- merary program may continue to participate in that supernumer- ary program, which shah include the assumption of a supernumer- ary office according to the terms and conditions of the law which established that supernumerary program. Every elected or appointed Clay County official may participate in the Employees' Retirement System of Alabama upon the same terms and conditions as may be speci- fied by law for any other employ- ee in the same retirement system, and shall be treated as an employee of the county. Clay County oflicAak holding office at the time of the ratification of this amendment shall be eligible to purchase service credit in the Employees' Retirement System for the time the official has served in the current office. No person may participate in both a super- numerary program and the Employees' Retirement System based on the same service. For the purposes of this amendment, the words "elected or appointed Clay County official" shah include, subject only to express limitation, any person elected to represent Clay County in any representative body of the state and includes any person appoint- ed to serve the remaining term of an elected or appointed Clay County official. The words do not include a judge, district attorney, constable, school board member, or any official elected from a judi- cial ~t. Act No. 99-320 of the 1999 Regular Session is hereby repealed. Section 2. An election upon the proposed amendment shall be held in accordance with Amendment 555 to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, and the general election laws of this state. Section 3. The appropriate elec- tion official shall assign a ballot number for the proposed constitu- tional amendment on the election ballot and shall set forth the fol- lowing description of the sub- stance or subject matter of the proposed constitutional amend- ment. "RelatSng to Clay County,,propos- ing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to phase out the supernumerary system for certain public officials and allow elected or appointed county officials, as defined, to participate in the Employees' Retirement System. "Proposed by Act This description shall be followed by the following language: "Yes ( ) No ( )." I further direct and proclaim that notice of this election to be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2000, upon the above set forth proposed amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901 of the State of Alabama, be given by publishing the same once a week for four suc- cossive weeks immediately pre- ceding Sunday, the 8th day of October, 2000, in a newspaper qualified to run legal notices in each county in the state. In every county in which no newspaper is published, a copy of the notice shall be posted at each court- house and post office in such county. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Alabama to be affixed by the Secretary of State, at the Capitol, in the City of Montgomery, Alabama, on this the 31st day of July 2000. DON SIEGELMAN GOVERNOR ATTESt. JIM BENNETT SECRETARY OF STATE WHEREAS, the Alabama Legislature at its Regular Session of 2000 ordered an election to be held on a certain proposed amendment to the Constitution of Alabama, set out herein as Act No. 2000-401; and further ordered that such election be held at the next statewide general election in accordance with Amendment 555 to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901; and WHEREAS, the next statewide general election will be and occur on Tuesday, November 7, 2000; and WHEREAS, notice of this elec- tion, together with this proposed amendment, is required by law and by the provisions of Act No. 2000-401 to be given by Proclamation of the Governor, which Proclamation shall be pub- lished once a week for four suc- coseive weeks immediately pre. ceding the day appointed for the election, in all newspapers quali- fied to run legal noticep~ in the State of Alabama. NOW, THEREFORE, I, Don Siegelman, Governor of the State of Alabama by the power and authority vested in me as Governor, do hereby give notice, direct and proclaim that on Tuesday, November 7, 2000, an election will be held in the man- ner and form provided by law upon the following amendment to the Constitution of 1901 of the State of Alabama: On the ballots to be used at the election, the question shall be substantially as follows: AMENDMENT NUMBER II Relating to Lowndes County, proposing an amendment to legalize certain operations of bingo games for prizes/money in the Town of White Hall. Proposed by Act No. 2000-401 YES ( ) NO ( ) The language on the proposed amendment as taken directly from the act is set out hereinafter as follows: Pep. Thomas SYNOPSIS: Under ~ting con- stitutional law, lotteries, gift enterprises, and any schemes in the nature of a lottery are prohib- ited. Bingo has been established by case law, to be prohibited by Section 65 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901. Specific coun- ties which ratified local constitu- tional amendments permitting the operation of bingo for certain charitable or educational purpos- es are removed from the prohibi- tion. This bill would propose a local constitutional amendment for The Town of White Hall in Lowndes County to permit the operation of bingo by nonprofit organizations for charitable, edu- cational, or other lawful purpos- es. A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, relating to legalizing certain operations of bingo games for prizes or money for charitable or educational purposes in The Town of White Hall that is located in Lowndes County. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEG- ISLATURE OF ALABAMA: Section 1. The following amend- ment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, is proposed and shall become valid as a part of the Constitution when all require- meats of this act are fulfilled: PROPOSEDAMENDIdENT (a) The operation of bingo games for prizes or money by nonprofit organizations for charitable, edu- cational, or other lawful purposes shall be legal in The Town of White Hall that is located in Lowndes County, subject to any resolution or ordinance by the town council. The town council shall have the authority to pro- mulgate rules and regulations for the licensing and operation of bingo games, within its respective jurisdictions provided, however, the town council shall insure com- pliance pursuant to any ordi- nance and the following provt,~ sions: (1) No person under the age of 18 years shall be permitted to play any game or games of bingo, nor shall any person under the age of 19 years be permitted to conduct or assist in the operation of any game of bingo. (2) No bingo license shall be issued to any nonprofit organiza- tion, unless the organization shah have been in existence for at least two years immediately prior to the issuance of the permit or license. (3) Bingo games shall be operated only on the premises owned or leased by the nonprofit organiza- tion operating the bingo game. If the premises are leased, the rate of rental shall not be based on a percentage of receipts or profits resulting from the operation of bingo games. (4) No nonprofit organization shall enter into any contract with any individual, firm, association, or corporation to have the indi- vidual or entity operate binp gamas or conceseions on behalf of the nonprofit organization. No nonprofit organization shall pay consulting fees to any individual or entity for any services per- formed in relation to the opera- tion or conduct of a bingo game. (5) A nonprofit orga~fization shall not lend its name or allow its identity to be used by another person or entity in the operating or advertising of a bingo s~Lme in . which the nonprofit organization is not directly and solely operat- ing the bingo game. (6) Prizes given by any nonprofit organization for the playing of bingo games shah not exceed the cash amount or gifts of equivalent value set by regulations. (7) No person or organization, by whatever name or composition thereof, shall take any expense for the operation of a bingo game ex~pt as permitted by law. (b) The town council may provide for the implementation of this amendment by the ,adoption of any resolution or ordinance as provided heretofore. (8) Any person who violates the regulations provided under the provisions of this amendment shall be guilty of a Class C misde- meanor upon the first conviction under this amendment and any subsequent violation shall be a Class A misdemeanor. Section 2. An election upon the proposed amendment shall be held in accordance with Amendment 555 to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, and the election laws of this state. Section 3. The appropriate elec- tion official shall assign a ballot number for the proposed constitu- tional amendment on the election ballot and shall set forth the fop lowing description of the sub- stance or subject matter of the proposed constitutional amend- ment: "Relating to The Town of White Hall located in Lowndes County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, authorizing the operation of bingo games by nonprofit organizations for charitable, educational, and other lawful purposes. Proposed by Act This description shall be followed by the following language: "Yes()No()." I further direct and proclaim that notice of this election to be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2000, upon the above set forth proposed amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901 of the State of Alabama, be given by publishing the same once a week for four suc- cessive weeks immediately pre- ceding Sunday, the 8th day of October, 2000, in a newspaper qualified to run legal notices in each county in the state. In every county in which no newspaper is published, a copy of the notice shall be posted at each court- house and post office in such county. iN WITNESS~/HEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Alabama to be affixed by the Secretary of State, at the Capitol, in the City of Montgomery, Alabama, on tlds the 31st day of July 2000. DON SIEGELMAN GOVERNOR ATTES~ JIM BENNETT SECRETARY OF STATE~i, WHEREAS, the A~abama Legislature at its Regular Session of 2000 ordered an election to be held on a certain proposed amandment to the Constitution of Alaba!~, set out herein as Act No. ~2b00-402; and further ordered that such election be held at the next statewide general election in accordance with Amendment 555 to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901; and WHEREAS, the next statewide general election will be and occur on Tuesday, November 7, 2000; and WHEREAS, notice of this elec- tion, together with this proposed amendment, is required b~v law and by the provisions of Act No. 2000-402 to be given by Proclamation of the Governor, which ~ation shall be pub. lisho~ ones a week for four sue-' ceasive weeks immediately pre- ceding the day appointed for the election, in all newspapers quali- fied torn n legal notices in the Stats of Alabama. NOW, THEREFORE, I, Don Siegolman, Governor of the State of Alabama by the power and authority vested in me as Governor, do hereby give notice, direct and proclaim that on Tuesday, November 7, 2000, an election will be held in the man- ner and form provided by law upon the following amendment to the Constitution of 1901 of State of Alabama: