The Alabama State Senate is considering updating the twenty-two -year-old taxpayers bill of rights. The update would abolish the Department of Revenue's Administrative Law Division and create an independent Alabama Tax Appeals Commission within the executive branch. If the measure passes, the Tax Appeals Commission will begin operating October 1st and will consist of more than two tax judges who must be attorneys experienced in state and local tax law. The bill will allow local governments the option of using this commission or their existing appeals process to settle local tax disputes. Members of the Alabama business community have joined forces with the Business Council of Alabama in support of the legislation. At least thirty-one states currently a version of the same taxpayers bill of rights.