Friday, December 17, 2010

Lawmakers approve bill to largely ban legislators from holding other state jobs

Published: Thursday, December 16, 2010, 1:41 AM ??? Updated: Thursday, December 16, 2010, 1:43 AM

MONTGOMERY ?-- The Legislature gave its final approval this morning to a bill that largely would ban any legislator after late 2014 from holding another job with a state agency or a public school, college or university.

? The measure, Senate Bill 3 by Sen. Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, will become law if Gov. Bob Riley signs it.

It is one of seven bills that Riley asked lawmakers to pass in the special legislative session that he started last week. Lawmakers so far have passed six of the bills.

? The bill, approved at about 1:25 a.m. today, has exceptions. For instance, a legislator who is a lawyer could be appointed on a temporary basis by a judge or district attorney to provide legal services such as representing indigent defendants. Also, the ban would not stop legislators from serving in the National Guard.

? The Senate and House of Representatives earlier approved different versions of the bill. They later agreed on a compromise version. The Senate voted 29-0 for it. The House voted 72-20 for it.

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