Ala court OKs 2-year-college 'double dipping' ban

Associated Press - October 22, 2010 12:24 PM ET

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court has upheld a state school board policy that prohibits employees of the 2-year college system from also serving in the Legislature.

The court ruled 8-0 Friday that the policy is constitutional and did not change the requirements for running for elected office in Alabama. The ruling overturned a decision by a Montgomery court that found the policy unconstitutional and in violation of the state's Fair Dismissal Act.

State Rep. Blaine Galliher and several other legislators had challenged the policy, saying it was unfair to ban 2-year college employees from serving as legislators while other public employees serve in the Legislature unchallenged.

The ruling means legislators who work in the 2-year college system will have to decide between the two jobs.

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