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Bill would outlaw state legislators' 'double dipping'

By M.J. Ellington
mjellington@decaturdaily.com (334) 262-1104

MONTGOMERY — Double-dipping state careers for legislators would end under a bill introduced for Gov. Bob Riley late Tuesday.

Rep. Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, who introduced the bill, said it would prohibit lawmakers from holding jobs with state agencies and public education in "K-12 through four-year colleges."

Hammon said the bill prohibits the practice commonly known as double dipping, whereby members of the Legislature simultaneously work for a government-funded state agency, school or university.

The bill also prohibits contract jobs, a form of employment many lawmakers hold with the state's two-year colleges, Hammon said.

"The two-year college investigation prompted the bill, but if we are going to do this, we need to do it for everybody," Hammon said.

He predicted a difficult time passing the bill.

Hammon said if the bill passes, lawmakers would then have 90 days to either resign their seats in the Legislature or state-funded jobs.

"The bill does not say you have to resign from the Legislature. It says you have to choose," Hammon said.

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