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Conference To Explore Next Steps to Constitutional Reform

BIRMINGHAM -- Oct. 4 -- Citizens will join state and community leaders in Birmingham on Oct. 23 to consider Alabama’s future. Their specific topic is “What are the next steps for rewriting Alabama’s antiquated 1901 Constitution?”

The conference, titled “Why Alabama Can’t Wait,” will be at the Richard M. Scrushy Conference Center in Birmingham. The public is invited.

Speakers will include leaders from education, business and government. Workshops will invite citizens to deliberate on issues such as school funding and local democracy. The program begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 1 p.m., with lunch included.

Judge Howard Hawk of Arab will deliver the keynote address. Governor Don Siegelman has been invited to welcome the conference attendees.

Among other speakers will be Mike Warren, chairman of Energen Corp.; former U.S. Rep. Jack Edwards of Mobile; former Gov. Albert Brewer; Thomas Meredith, chancellor of the University of Alabama System; Dr. Thomas E. Corts, president of Samford University; and Ethel H. Hall, vice-president, Alabama State Board of Education.

The heart of the program will include four workshops for citizens to address reform issues. The topics are local democracy, funding and education, how a constitutional convention can work and students’ participation.

Sponsors are Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform, the Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville State University and the Alabama-Georgia Foothills Forum.

The registration fee for the conference is $15. Students will be admitted free.

To receive registration materials, call Niki Anthony at the Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce (205.250.7651) or send the names of participants and a check payable to “ACCR” in care of the Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 10127, Birmingham, AL 35202.

You may also register via e-mail at the web site of the Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform accr@constitutionalreform.org.

The Scrushy Center is located on U. S. Highway 280, just south of the interchange with I-459. Free parking will be available for conference participants.

More details on the conference can be found on ACCR’s web site at www.constitutionalreform.org or on the web site of the Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce at www.constitutionalreform.org.


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