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Article IV - Legislative Dept., Section 54, Internal Improvements

This section of the constitution disallows the state to "engage in works of internal improvement, nor lend money or its credit in aid of such…." This reflected problems legislators found with sections 32 and 33 in the 1868 Constitution. These allowed the legislature to be able to vote to take on debt, if 2/3 voted in favor. This provision led to the state accruing significant debt based on railroad bonds, and the 1875 Constitution sought to amend this.

Creator: Constitutional Convention of 1875
Date: 1875
Repository: Alabama Department of Archives and History
Format: Constitution

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