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|Senate clears way for Ellington, wife|
The state Senate unanimously approved a measure that will allow state Rep. Noble Ellington's wife to keep her job as Ellington's legislative aid.
By a unanimous vote, senators approved SB-769, which contained an amendment made by Senate President Joel Chaisson to protect legislative aids who move from one legislative house to the other.
If SB-769 becomes law, that means Brenda Anderson Armstrong will be able to keep her $54,900 a year job as Ellington's assistant -- a job she has held for more than 18 years.
Armstrong and Ellington were married in 2006.
Armstrong was told she would have to give up the post when Ellington moved from the state Senate to the state House of Representatives.
Ellington and Armstrong then sued and were granted a temporary injunction, preventing Armstrong's termination pending appeals.
SB-769 will effectively end that fight for Ellington and his wife.