Lawmakers sued over deaf & blind services fund

The president of the Alabama Public Service Commission says she supports efforts to restore money to a service that enables deaf and blind people to communicate.

The Alabama Dual Party Relay Board, which oversees money collected from telephone customers to pay for the service, has filed suit challenging a new state law that taps the money for education spending instead.

Under the new law, money collected from a surcharge on all landline telephones in Alabama will be transferred to the state education budget.

Alabama Public Service Commission President Lucy Baxley is a defendant in the lawsuit by virtue of her position, but she says she urged lawmakers to vote against the transfer.

She said that the money needs to be restored to the Dual Party Fund.

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