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A federal appeals court has issued a ruling that impacts the finances of the state teachers' organization, the Alabama Education Association.     

AEA had challenged a 2010 state law that prohibits public employees from arranging to have money withheld from their paychecks that will be used to support political action committees and organizations engaged in political activity. A federal judge put the dues check-off law on hold soon after it passed.     

Now, a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the preliminary injunction and said it's unlikely AEA will succeed in challenging the law for vagueness. The 11th Circuit said AEA and its political action committee are engaged in political activity addressed by the law.     

Republicans in the Legislature got the law passed in 2010.

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