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April 12, 2021 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

The eighth week of the 2021 regular session of the Alabama Legislature wrapped up last week. Gambling was back on the table, with Governor Ivey reiterating her desire to let Alabama residents express their thoughts on the matter with their vote. And education was a headline, thanks to Senator Del

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April 12, 2021 Group Watch: Tweet of the Week

@yhn April 9 Former Gov. Robert Bentley founds ‘Great State Alabama’ nonprofit to support rural, underserved areas

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April 12, 2021 Group Watch: Committee Approves Bill Requiring Creation of Open Enrollment Policies

The Senate Education Policy Committee voted 7-3 to approve a bill by Senator Del Marsh requiring school districts to create open enrollment policies. The students transferring would need to pay a fee specified by the school district, according to the sponsor. Marsh said there are exceptions. For example, school districts

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April 12, 2021 Group Watch: Legislature Passes Alcohol Delivery Bill

Cheers! The legislature is sending a bill to Governor Ivey that allows  alcohol to be delivered to people’s homes. The measure allows beer, wine and spirits to be shipped directly to consumers. Only those 21 and older would be allowed to order and receive the alcohol. The bill creates a

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April 12, 2021 Group Watch: House Passes Bill to Define Timing for New Election Laws

The Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill that would prevent the State of Alabama from implementing any legislative changes to election procedures within six months of a general election. Since the legislation proposes an amendment to the state’s constitution, it requires approval by a majority of Alabama voters if

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April 12, 2021 Group Watch: Ivey Issues “Safer Apart” Order

As the state’s COVID-19 numbers continue to plummet (see next article) and the statewide mask order has expired, the state of emergency over COVID-19 remains. Late last week, Governor Ivey announced her new Safer Apart Order, which encourages people to wear masks and practice social distancing. Mask wearing will not be

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April 12, 2021 Group Watch: COVID-19 Cases & Hospitalizations Down in AL

Alabama’s coronavirus number have shown incredible improvement from their dangerous highs in early January, and the state is hitting some important pandemic safety benchmarks for the first time. The state has averaged 196 new cases each day for the last week, down 94 percent from the average of 3,080 new

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April 12, 2021 Group Watch: Lifting of School Yoga Ban Advances in Senate

The Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee has assumed a new yoga position. Members of the committee voted 5-1 for a bill lifting Alabama’s ban on ypga classes in public schools. The Alabama State Board of Education banned yoga, hypnotic states, guided imagery and meditation from K-12 public schools in 1993 amid

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April 12, 2021 Group Watch: Medical Marijuana Bill Moving Through the Legislature

Gaining approval from the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday puts a bill that would allow the sale and use of medical marijuana in Alabama one step closer to the governor’s desk. The bill specifies more than a dozen medical conditions eligible for access to medical marijuana but does require a doctor’s approval first. It’s

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April 5, 2021 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

The Alabama Legislature completed its seventh week of the 2021 regular session last Thursday. Highlights at the State House included the House approval of a bill that allows direct delivery of alcohol and the shipment of wine to households, plus a pause on legislation that aims to restructure the Alabama Department of Public Health

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