Ala. Legislature passes bill cutting off AEA dues

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Legislature has passed a
bill that would cut off the main source of funds for the Alabama
Education Association and other groups representing public
employees in the state.

The House passed the bill from Gov. Bob Riley's ethics package
52-49 early Wednesday morning and the Senate agreed 22-12 at
midday. The bill now goes to the governor.

The bill stops public employees from using payroll deductions to
pay dues and give political contributions to lobbying groups for
political activity. Opponents said states that have passed similar
laws have seen membership rolls drop because fewer people will
write checks to the organizations.

Proponents said the state government shouldn't be collecting
dues for political groups.

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