The Alabama House of Representatives today voted to adopt Governor Robert Bentley’s executive amendment to recently passed legislation that repeals the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, or DROP. The Governor’s Office added an amendment would change the date at which eligible participants can enroll in the program in order to secure a more solid legal foundation for the bill.
After reviewing the final legislation, the Governor’s legal adviser had concerns that the DROP repeal could be found unconstitutional and, therefore, thrown out by a court. That’s too great a risk to take for this important legislation, Speaker Hubbard said.
“Our goal from the beginning was to do away with this excessive, unnecessary program and build a sensible bonus structure that will allow the state to attract and retain the ‘best and brightest’ classroom teachers and public employees. It would be irresponsible to risk having the law thrown out based on a technicality and have to start all over. Senator Marsh and I have worked with the Governor’s Office from the beginning to pass the most prudent legislation. This amendment allows us to avoid the expense of protracted litigation and ensures the new law will meet legal muster.”