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State Representative Hasn't Shown Up For Work In Over A Year

The mayor of the tiny Sumter County town of Emelle says he has not been able to get the state help with a problem that is causing raw sewage to seep to the ground.

Mayor Roy Willingham believes his town is feeling the effects of having a state representative who has been too sick to attend meetings of the Legislature in Montgomery for about two years. Emelle is on the Alabama-Mississippi line in rural Sumter County and is represented in the House by Rep. Lucius Black, D-York. Black has been ill with an unspecified illness and has not attended a meeting of the Legislature since 2003. During that time he has continued to receive his legislative pay of about 30 thousand dollars a year.

House officials say Alabama has no law concerning what to do when a lawmaker is too sick to handle his duties. All seats in the Legislature will be up for election next year. The 79-year-old Black is a retired school teacher. He has represented House District 71 since 1983. Black's wife, Mildred Black, said today that her husband in making progress. She says she has no idea when he will be able to return to his duties in Montgomery.

Courtesy: Alabama Associated Press

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