Statehouse or Job: Lawmakers Get 3 Years to Decide

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Three legislators won't have to choose for three years between their positions as lawmakers and their jobs in Alabama's two-year-college system.

The Legislature voted early Thursday morning to pass a bill supported by Gov. Bob Riley to prohibit legislators from also holding jobs in state government. It's a practice critics call "double dipping."

The language of the new law is similar to a policy established by the state Board of Education in 2008 that required legislators working in the two-year college system to give up either their legislative jobs or their two-year-college posts by 2011. The new law gives legislators who work outside the two-year system until 2014 and was amended to also give legislators working inside the system until 2014.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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