Amendment 1: Yes. This amendment prevents our judges from basing their rulings on foreign laws such as Sharia law.
Amendment 2: No. This amendment would increase our state’s indebtedness by an additional $50 million. The first section of this amendment reads: “The authority granted to the State of Alabama to become indebted … is hereby increased by an additional amount of fifty million dollars.” We should work on eliminating the debt that we already have before electing to go further into debt.
Amendment 3: No. This amendment is self contradictory. It takes our current right to bear arms and declares that it is a “fundamental right,” but then it states that restrictions placed on this right will be subject to strict scrutiny. The problem with this is that the government has no authority to place restrictions on a fundamental right. A fundamental right is a right which is inherent to our nature as human beings. Only God can place restrictions on a fundamental right.
Amendment 4: Yes. This amendment slows down the amount of spending in our educational system. If it is passed, this amendment will make it more difficult for the legislature to increase educational spending. There is a lot of conflicting information being spread about this particular amendment, and it is opposed by most of the TEA party groups in our state. However, their objections seem to be based on a misreading of the actual text of the amendment. This amendment does not give the government greater authority to tax. It limits the authority that they are already using by requiring a 2/3 majority vote for any unfunded mandates that may be issued to the school boards.
Amendment 5: Yes. This amendment adds additional guarantees that citizens of Alabama will have the right to hunt and fish.