Federal Court Debates Georgia Nepotism Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Atlanta, GA (AP) - A federal appeals court is considering a
challenge to a Georgia law that bans the immediate family of
superintendents, principals and other school administrators from
running for election to a local school board.

A federal judge struck down the law in April, but state
officials asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday to
reinstate it.

A current school board members and a former school board member
sued Secretary of State Brian Kemp months after the law took effect
in 2009, saying they have a fundamental right to be a candidate.

But state officials say the restrictions are needed to combat
nepotism.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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