The CCAA Board of Directors unanimously voted to support constitutional Amendment 4 on statewide ballots on November 4 and extend unfunded mandate protections to local school boards that local government bodies currently enjoy.
The amendment that is on statewide ballots Nov. 4 is an important initiative that was also supported by the Business Council of Alabama during the 2014 legislative session.
With voter approval of constitutional Amendment 4, unfunded mandates that require expenditures by local school boards of more than $50,000 in their own money unless certain requirements are met would be prohibited.
The amendment would prohibit the Legislature from approving an unfunded mandate of more than $50,000 in local funds on a municipal or county school board in any one year unless funding accompanies the mandate or the Legislature approves the mandate by at least a two-thirds majority vote.
Local school boards and the Alabama Association of School Boards support passage of Amendment 4. Local school boards are the only local government entities without state constitutional protection against unfunded mandates.
The amendment includes a provision that protects employee salaries and benefits to prohibit differing pay scales for state or local-funded positions.
The amendment, Senate Bill 7 sponsored by Sen. Dick Brewbaker, R-Pike Road, was approved without a dissenting vote in the 2014 regular legislative session – 33-0 in the Senate and 95-0 in the House.
Voters will see a synopsis of Amendment 4 on their ballots: “Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to prohibit a general law, whose purpose or effect is to require a new or increased expenditure of at least $50,000 of local funds annually, from becoming effective with regard to a city or county board of education without enactment by a 2/3 vote. (Proposed by Act 2014-185)”