A look at the 14 amendments approved Tuesday in Alabama

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama voters approved all 14 proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot Tuesday. The Alabama Constitution, which was written in 1901, now has more than 900 amendments. The measures approved Tuesday dealt with everything from state park funding to giving local governments the ability to pass litter laws.

Here’s a look at what passed:

Auburn trustees: Adds two at-large members to the Auburn University Board of Trustees and allows trustees to serve a lengthier term if four or more are rotating off the board in the same year.

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State parks: Protects money generated by, and for, state parks from being shifted to other government functions. It would also allow the state to use private vendors to run hotels and amenities at more state parks.

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Adoption of local amendments: Allows the Alabama Legislature to decide by resolution if proposed constitutional amendments affecting a local area will be voted on statewide or only in that county.

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County commission authority: Allows counties to adopt laws that address controlling weeds, junkyards, litter and rubbish, noise, pollution, sewage and animal control without having to ask permission from the Legislature. The Alabama Constitution currently centralizes power in Montgomery so counties have had to go to Montgomery for even mundane activities.

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Separation of powers wording: Rewrites sections of the Alabama Constitution dealing with separation of powers to remove outdated phrases such as “to wit.” It is part of an ongoing rewrite of the state’s 1901 governing document.

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Impeachment vote requirement: Establishes that a two-thirds majority vote of the Alabama Senate is required to remove an impeached public official from office. The Constitution previously didn’t specify a margin. The clarification was proposed before some lawmakers suggested trying to impeach Gov. Robert Bentley.

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Etowah sheriff employees: Requires that most employees of the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office be under the authority of the Personnel Board of the Office of the Sheriff of Etowah County.

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Right to work/union membership: Writes into the Alabama Constitution that employers cannot require employees to join unions or pay union dues. Alabama already has a “right to work” law, but lawmakers and business groups wanted to enshrine the policy in the constitution for additional protection.

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Pickens probate judge age: Makes an exception in the age limit for judges to allow someone up to age 75 to be elected or appointed to be the Pickens County probate judge. Alabama has an age limit of 70 for judicial candidates and appointees.

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Calhoun police jurisdictions: Prevents cities and towns outside Calhoun County from being able to exercise police jurisdiction inside Calhoun County.

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Create manufacturing zones: Allows cities and counties to sell certain property they own for less than its fair market value if it is located in areas specially designated as suitable for certain major manufacturing facilities.

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Baldwin toll roads: Authorizes the Alabama Legislature to create a toll road and bridge authority for a city or town in Baldwin County. The authority would oversee the construction and operation of toll roads and bridges within the city or town.

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Repeal officeholder age cap: Does away with age maximums for elected and appointed office with the exception of judges. The provision would also prevent lawmakers from approving new age caps without voters’ consent. Alabama age limit of 70 for judicial candidates and appointments will remain in place.

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Uphold local laws: Validates hundreds of local laws passed under a now disputed legislative procedure. Lawmakers were concerned the laws could be overturned after a judge ruled House members failed to properly apply a procedural vote required to bring bills up for debate before the state budgets. The judge said too few House members were participating in the votes.

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