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Students Rally for Constitution Change

By Associated Press

Montgomery, AL – About 120 college students from across Alabama rallied on the steps of the state Capitol to urge legislators to begin the process of rewriting the 105-year-old state constitution.

The students rallied Wednesday in support of a bill sponsored by House Speaker Pro Tem Representative Demetrius Newton of Birmingham. The bill would allow Alabama residents to vote on whether to hold a convention next year to write a document to replace the state's 1901 Constitution. The constitution has been amended almost 800 times.

An Auburn University graduate student, Jesse McDaniel, said he thinks the constitution is the cause of many of the state's problems.

Newton says he believes his bill will come up for a vote in the House as early as next week.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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