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Last updated 12:37AM ET
March 6, 2021
U-S- Supreme Court Stays Decision In Jefferson Co. Commission Seat
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - The U-S- Supreme Court has stayed a lower court's decision in a case involving the validity of Governor Bob Riley's filling a vacant Jefferson County Commission seat by appointment.

A three-judge federal panel ruled in January that Riley needed Justice Department approval before naming retired two-star General George Bowman to the seat vacated by now-Birmingham mayor Larry Langford.

Attorney General Troy King says today's ruling means Bowman will get to keep the seat until the Supreme Court makes a final decision on the case.

Members of the bipartisan Jefferson County election commission contend a local law passed by the Legislature in 1977 requires the calling of a special election to fill any vacancy on the commission.

The law applies only to Jefferson County and critics say it's unconstitutional.

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