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What are the duties of the Governor of Alabama?

Last Updated: Apr 05, 2012  |  68 Views

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The Governor of Alabama has the responsibility of upholding the Alabama Constitution and executing state law. The governor is also commander-in-chief of the state's military forces (the Alabama National Guard, Alabama Air National Guard, and Alabama State Defense Forces) and may call on those forces to preserve public peace, when they are not in the active service of the United States.

The governor is required to deliver a "State of the State Address," once every legislative session (which is about once per year,) which reports the condition of the state government and suggests new legislation.  

The governor must also:
See that all laws of the state are faithfully executed. 
Recieve reports, under oath, from other state executive officers and agencies. If these reports are false, the governor must hold an investigation and impeach the guilty party.  
In extraordinary cases, the governor has the power to call together the legislature at the seat of government or, if the seat has somehow been comprimised, at a location of his choosing. 
Present a budget for the state to the legislature.
Remit fines and forfeitures, grant reprieves, paroles, commutation of sentances, and pardons.
Exercise veto power over bills, however, the legislature has the right to over-ride this if there is a majority vote in both houses.

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