MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A new law aimed at curbing political activity by Alabama's teachers and state employees won't go into effect until approved by the U.S. Justice Department.
The Legislature passed the law in December and it has now been submitted to the Justice Department for review to make sure it complies with the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
A spokeswoman for Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said it's a routine step that's needed before the law can be enforced.
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The bill prohibits public employees from using payroll deductions to send money to organizations engaged in political activity.
The biggest effect of the new law is on the Alabama Education Association and Alabama State Employees Association.