A federal appeals court has rejected a suit challenging Alabama's property tax structure.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled against black and white plaintiffs from Sumter and Lawrence counties who contended that Alabama's property tax system is rooted in racial discrimination and cripples the ability of rural, predominantly black school systems to raise revenue.
A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit rejected their challenges to Alabama's cap on property tax rates and the state's system of classifying property.
A three-judge panel from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hold 15 hearings in Montgomery next week, the latest in the court's practice of holding hearings across the southeast.
At least four of the hearings to be held Tuesday through Friday involve Alabama cases.
One of the hearings set for Wednesday is regarding an issue that is part of a lawsuit challenging a state law that prohibits the Alabama Education Association and the Alabama State Employees Association from using automatic payroll deduction to collect dues from workers.
The state of Alabama is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review part of its law cracking down on illegal immigration.
The state asked the judges Tuesday to review a section of the law that makes it a crime to assist, harbor or transport anyone who's in the country illegally.
Opponents of the law have called the section inhumane, but the state says it doesn't conflict with federal law. It also says the justices haven't reviewed a similar law in other states including Arizona.