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Last updated 6:33AM ET
March 6, 2021
Legislative Panel Votes to Keep Double Dipping in Alabama
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - A state Senate committee has approved a bill that would override the new state policy prohibiting two-year college employees from serving in the Legislature after 2010.

The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee voted 5-2 Tuesday for a bill by Democratic Sen. Linda Coleman of Birmingham. The bill would allow city, county and state employees to serve in public office, provided they use paid or unpaid leave to attend to their public duties.

Coleman works for the city of Birmingham. She said a ban on double dipping would disenfranchise many people from public office.

Coleman's bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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