Bill Lets Alabama Public Workers Stay in Legislature


By Alabama News Network
By Jamie Langley

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The leader of the state Senate is pushing legislation that would allow public educators and state employees currently in the Legislature to continue to serve after 2014.


The bill by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston won approval Wednesday in the Senate Education Committee. Marsh is seeking to modify a law that the Republican-controlled Legislature passed after the 2010 legislative elections that barred public educators and state employees from staying in the Legislature after the 2014 election. It is called the "double dipping ban."


The Republican senator from Anniston said existing members should be grandfathered in because there was no ban when they were first elected.


His bill now goes to the Senate. It could affect nine legislators from both political parties who currently hold public jobs.

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