Supreme Court Ruling on AEA Case

The Alabama Employees Association and Alabama Education Association have lost a lawsuit over a state law that cut off a major source of their funding. The state Supreme Court today reversed a preliminary injunction that the two groups got a Montgomery judge to issue against the state comptroller. It had blocked the comptroller from enforcing rules to implement a 2010 law. That law prohibited Alabama's public employees from having membership dues deducted from their paychecks if the dues were going to a group involved in political activity. The Supreme Court ruled 8-0 that the suit the two organizations filed against the comptroller should be dismissed. The law, enacted in 2010, was designed for the state government from collecting dues and making employees pay their dues directly to the groups.


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