Leave for former Ala Statehouse worker questioned

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A former Alabama House employee who is
at the center of a Statehouse drug probe was able to stay on the
payroll after his suspension in a shooting last year thanks to
leave time donated by House Clerk Greg Pappas and two others.

The Montgomery Advertiser reported Friday that former House worker Lorenza Hooks received 160 hours of donated leave time, half of it from Pappas and the rest from two other employees.

Alabama law allows state employees to donate their accrued and unused annual sick or compensatory leave time to other employees
who qualify for catastrophic sick leave or maternity leave.

A state personnel official says it is against the rules to use leave time
for a suspended employee.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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