Court rules against teachers’ lobby in retaliation claim

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A federal appeals court has ruled that the Alabama Education Association can’t subpoena the files of GOP politicians to try to prove legislation was motivated by political revenge.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ordered that the subpoenas should be quashed.

AEA claimed that Republicans were motivated by political retaliation when they passed a 2010 law that stopped public employee associations from collecting dues by payroll deduction. The law said public payroll deduction can’t be used to support political activity.

The appeals court said the law had already been ruled constitutional so AEA has no valid federal claim to justify getting the files.

AEA had sought records from former Gov. Bob Riley, Gov. Robert Bentley, House Speaker Mike Hubbard and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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