AEA wins second round in dues battle

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has refused to back off his order blocking enforcement of a new state law that could hurt funding for the Alabama Education Association.

U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith issued a ruling Monday in Huntsville.

AEA had sued the governor and others over a law that prohibits public employees from using payroll deductions to pay dues to organizations that use any of the dues for political activity. Smith issued a preliminary injunction March 18 to block enforcement of the law while AEA challenges it in court.

Bentley and other officials asked the judge to put his order on hold while they take the case to a federal appeals court. The judge declined and agreed with AEA's argument that the governor's side hasn't shown the likelihood of winning.

Governor Bentley's office told WSFA 12 News he would abide by the judge's decision.

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