Lawmakers undecided on furloughs

Posted by Sam McAdams - email

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama legislators are divided and many are undecided about a proposal to allow state agencies to give employees unpaid leave to avoid layoffs during tough economic times.

An Associated Press survey of legislators found only 32 percent of House members responding support furloughs, and in the Senate, just 28 percent support the idea.

Legislators may be asked to vote on a policy proposed by the state Personnel Department that would allow state agencies to furlough employees for up to 24 days a year to reduce payroll costs.

With the recession causing budget cuts, some state agencies are expected to face layoffs to save money.

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