AEA's Future Influence Could Hinge on Lawsuit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has heard arguments in a case that could determine the future political influence of the state teachers' lobbying organization.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday on whether four Republicans -- Gov. Robert Bentley, former Gov. Bob Riley, House Speaker Mike Hubbard and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh -- must turn over emails and other materials to the Alabama Education Association. AEA is seeking the documents in its lawsuit challenging a 2010 law designed to stop education employees from having AEA dues deducted from their paychecks.

AEA wants the documents to back up its claim that the law is political retaliation. Attorneys for the officials say the documents are protected. The court did not indicate when it would rule.

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