Alabama lawsuit charges slow implementation of political donation law

Thursday, May 8, 2014

A lawsuit filed in Shelby County Wednesday alleges that the Alabama State Department of Education and two school districts are moving too slowly to implement a ban on employee payroll deductions for groups engaged in political activity.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Shelby County parent by Sen. Bryan Taylor, R-Prattville, and says the state and the Hoover City and Shelby County Boards of Education have no reason to delay enforcing the 2010 law, widely seen as targeting the Alabama Education Association.

"They have had over three years since the Act was signed into law to prepare to implement the Act upon its taking effect," the lawsuit says. "Therefore, the time has long come and gone for allowing school systems a reasonable opportunity to 'work in good faith to implement' the Act."

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