Constable abolishment bill amended to require vote of the people Back to All Articles »

Mitch Sneed
Alex City Outlook
5/19/2017

The Alabama State Senate passed and sent back to the House

an amended bill that would abolish constable positions in Tallapoosa

County provided the voters opt to do so after it is put on the ballot.

House Bill 569, a piece of local legislation introduced by

Rep. Pebblin Warren of Tuskegee, had been previously passed by the

House of Representatives in a roll call vote where just 12

representatives voted yes, Alexander City’s Mark Tuggle voted no and 77

representatives did not vote.

The original bill read: “In Tallapoosa County, effective

at the end of the current term of office of any constable in the county,

the office of constable provided for in each election precinct pursuant

to Chapter 23, Title 36, Code of Alabama 1975, is abolished.”

But the Senate’s move to put the measure to a vote of the

people will have to be taken up and passed by the House in the last two

days of the session to become reality.

Sen. Tom Whatley said that amended bill lets the issue be decided by the voters of Tallapoosa County.

“We passed with the change that will have it on the ballot

on Aug. 15 at the same time that the people go to the polls on the U.S

Senate race,” Whatley said. “If the people think the positions should be

abolished, they can voice their opinion at that time. If they want to

keep the positions, the vote will show that. If that happens they will

remain and hopefully be used to aid the citizens and the legal system

through process service and other duties that fit the scope of the

position.”