Attorney General OKs withholding millions from educators

September 10, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Quietly under cover of so-called attorney-client privilege, educators are being denied millions of dollars, and the state’s Open Meetings Act is in jeopardy.

The Alabama Education Association recently celebrated winning a lawsuit alleging the Retirement System of Alabama’s PEEHIP Board met illegally to improperly raise state employees’ health insurance rates – PEEHIP is short for Public Education Employees’ Health Insurance Plan, which provides health coverage to education workers.
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Committee Gives Favorable Report to Open Meetings Act

March 13, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, March 12, the Senate Judiciary Committee gave a favorable report to the Open Meetings Act, S.B. 21. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) said that the Senate has worked tirelessly to craft legislation to replace Alabama’s old Sunshine Law after provisions of it were struck down in three court cases. The act passed out of the Senate in the 2014 legislative session but got tied up in the logjam in the House. Without passage of a new open meetings law there is a lot of uncertainty out there.
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Open Meetings Act Passes Out of Committee

February 13, 2014

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Open Meetings Act SB191, out of committee. A substitute was passed, including some language that was of concern to the Alabama Press Association (APA). This bill, if passed, will reverse that rulings by the Alabama Supreme Court last year from 2012 and 2013.

“A ruling from the Supreme Court dealing with public bodies meeting with less than a quorum to reach a decision. That is the big issue for us,” said Felicia Mason, executive director of the APA.
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