Riley signs bill to bar pay for convicted teachers

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley has signed legislation into law that will stop pay for teachers who are convicted of major felonies or of sex offenses involving children.

The legislation received overwhelming support, passing 101-0 in the House of Representatives and 33-0 in the Senate.

Riley thanked sponsor Rep. Chad Fincher on Wednesday for his leadership in getting the bill passed.

The bill was filed in response to the case of a Washington County teacher who was convicted of child enticement but continued to receive her pay while serving a federal prison sentence.

The new law revises Alabama's teacher tenure law to terminate employment and pay upon conviction. It goes into effect immediately and covers Class A felonies such as murder, first-degree rape, first-degree arson, first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary.

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