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Statewide amendement up for vote Tuesday

An amendment to the Alabama Constitution that would transfer money from the Alabama Trust Fund to the General Fund will be up for a statewide vote Tuesday.

Registered voters should report to their designated polling locations Sept. 18 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Voters will vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ as to whether the proposed statewide amendment should be adopted.

According to a sample ballot, the purpose of the amendment is “to provide adequate funding for the State General Fund budget, to prevent the mass release of prisoners from Alabama prisons and to protect critical health services to Alabama children, elderly and mothers by transferring funds from the Alabama Trust Fund to the State General Fund beginning with the state’s 2012-2013 fiscal year and concluding with the state’s 2014-2015 fiscal year; to provide a new procedure for distributions made from the Alabama Trust Fund beginning 2012-2013 fiscal year; to create a County and Municipal Government Capital Improvement Trust Fund advisory committee; and to provide further for distributions made from the County and Municipal Government Capital Improvement Trust Fund.”