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AL House Passes Check-Off Bill In The Wee Hours Of The Morning

The Alabama House of Representatives gaveled in at 10:00 am yesterday morning, and a Democrat filibuster of SB 2 almost automatically ensued.  15 hours later Republicans broke the filibuster, and passed SB 2 by a vote of 52-49.  Thirteen Republicans, including the three who recently switch parties, broke ranks and voted with the Democrats against the bill.

SB 2, also known as the “Check-Off Bill”, prevents the use of state resources on political activities.  In practice, this means that the state will no longer be allowed to collect dues for organizations like the Alabama Education Association (AEA) or the Alabama State Employees Association (ASEA), which they are currently collecting through automatic payroll deductions.

Democrats claimed the bill was politically motivated to diminish the power of AEA who is traditionally supportive of Democrat candidates.  Rep. Lynn Greer was asked repeatedly how much it cost the state to collect the dues.  Greer didn’t have a specific number, but insisted it cost the state something.  The debate over cost proves that Democrats continue to miss the point.  $1 is too much for the state to pay to collect political dues.  Taxpayers should not be forced to finance/facilitate the funding of AEA or ASEA’s political organizations.  There are a lot of worthy organizations in the state, and most of them don’t get to have dues taken out of their members’ paychecks automatically.

Members of these organizations are 100% free to speak their mind and can continue to donate to the organization.  The bill does not take anyone’s rights away.  It simply removes the burden from the state of collecting the money.

For more information on SB 2, click here.

Stop Taxpayer Funded Deduction of Political Dues

For many years, Democrat led legislatures have forced taxpayers to pick up the tab when state employees and education workers have dues automatically deducted from their paycheck and sent to their unions.  Those deductions go to union PACs and organizations to fund political activities.  The cost of providing this service is a whopping $2,500,000 a year–all of it paid for with your tax dollars.  THIS MUST BE STOPPED!!

Unions are targeting House Republicans claiming it’s  eliminating this political payroll deduction is going to take away their freedom of speech.  THIS IS NOT TRUE.  State employees and education workers will still be 100% free to contribute to these groups, and the groups will still be 100% free to lobby legislators.  But YOU wouldn’t be forced to pay for it.

The Senate has already passed SB 2, which will stop the state-funded payroll deductions for political activities.  It will be up for a vote in the House this week. Make sure your legislator knows you want an end to this abuse of taxpayer money.  Make sure House members know that you are watching!

We urge you to ask your legislator to vote for SB2 voice your concerns and hold them accountable.  Click here to find your legislator’s contact information.