Alabama Lawmaker Targets Racist Language

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state lawmaker is getting lots of support in his effort to remove racist language from Alabama's Constitution.

A Senate committee voted unanimously Tuesday for a proposed constitutional amendment by Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur.

It would remove language that provides for poll taxes and schools separated by race.

Orr says the language has been negated by court rulings, but it looks bad for Alabama to still have it in the Constitution, which dates to 1901.

Orr's legislation now goes to the Senate, where it is co-sponsored by more than two-thirds of the senators.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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