But the amendment ballot has opponents, including former Chief Justice Roy Moore, who is suspicious of a possible hidden agenda: a huge tax increase. "This is the most deceptive piece of legislation I have ever seen, and it is simply a fraud on the people of Alabama," said Mr. Moore, best known for his refusal to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building.What kind of language are the people Alabama voting on?:
Amendment 2 is a measure to remove three pieces of language from Alabama's 1901 Constitution: a requirement for separate schools for "white and colored children," a requirement for a poll tax, and language that specifies that publicly funded education is not a right of citizenship.It's the last line that Moore has a problem arguing that "removing language specifying that public education is not a right would open the door for the Legislature to enact a massive tax increase for schools." More progressive Republicans are arguing for the change:
Republican Gov. Bob Riley and others concerned about the state's image are urging voters to approve a constitutional amendment on Nov. 2 to strike the long-unenforceable language from the state constitution. They say such laws are a painful reminder of the South's divisive past, and make Alabama look bad when it comes to attracting new businesses.