Votelaw, Edward Still's blog on law and politics: March 2011 Archives

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March 18, 2011

Alabama: federal judge grants injunction against law which would stop AEA from dues collection through payroll deduction

The Huntsville Times reports: A federal judge issued a temporary injunction this afternoon halting a new state law that could potentially cripple a statewide teachers' organization.

U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith issued the injunction against a law passed by the Alabama Legislature in December that bans school employees from having their Alabama Education Association membership dues directly deducted from their paychecks. The law was to go into effect on Sunday.

Dr. Paul Hubbert, executive secretary of AEA, said the organization had been hoping for a ruling on the injunction before the law goes into effect.

"Once the law goes into effect, we will lose January dues, which are collected in February," Hubbert said shortly before the ruling was filed. "We may also lose February dues, collected in March. A couple of months' worth of loss makes it hard to operate." Hubbert could not be reached immediately after the filing. -- Read the whole story --> Federal judge halts ban on payroll deduction to Alabama Education Association | al.com

Disclosure: I am one of the attorneys representing the AEA. A copy of the opinion is shown below:

AEA v. Bentley, Memo Opinion on Prelim Injuction

March 17, 2011

Wilcox County, Alabama: vote-buying charge

WSFA-TV reports: The Chairman of the Wilcox County Board of Education has been indicted by a grand jury on the charge of vote buying.

According to District Attorney Michael Jackson, Clifford "Don" Twilley, the Chairman of the Wilcox County Board of Education was indicted by a Wilcox County Grand Jury for vote buying. ...

The charge stems from an investigation into Twilley's conduct in the June 2010 elections in Wilcox County. -- Read the whole story --> Board of Ed. Chairman indicted for Vote Buying | Crime | Wilcox County News