March 7, 2017

Alabama's state & local governments by David L. Martin

By David L. Martin

During this thorough revision of the 1975 version, the writer has additional fabric at the 1983 legislative districts, election legislation alterations, black political participation, implementation of the unified judicial approach, the 1982 urban supervisor act, crusade finance, and the expansion of political motion committees, whereas protecting the structure that made the sooner research so worthy. Retained are the cautious definition of phrases, the reason of suggestions, and the examples that have been one of the strengths of the 1st variation.

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Extradition. A person charged in any State with Treason, Felony, or other Crime, who shall flee from Justice, and be found in another State, shall on demand of the executive authority of the state from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having jurisdiction of the crime. A law enforcement officer of one state can chase a fleeing criminal into another under the doctrine of hot pursuit, but if a person is later apprehended in another state, the governor of the state where the crime occurred must ask for return of the suspect.

Proponents of home rule would argue that Cullman County is perfectly competent to decide when its flea markets should be open and that the state legislature has more important things to do. The 1901 constitution, Section 104, prohibits local or special legislation upon thirty-one specified subjects. To give local communities what they desire, the technique of classification is used. This means general laws (theoretically applicable to the whole state) are passed that apply to only certain-sized jurisdictions.

1 English colony of West Florida, 17631783. 2 Alabama at statehood in 1819. Page 5 again recognized by the federal government. 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.

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