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July 2020 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

As we enter the sixth month of COVID-19 and the multiple restrictions it has made necessary —including a new statewide mask requirement — we still successfully held runoff elections, and there’s education news. COVID-19 Update: Governor Kay Ivey issued her 14th supplemental emergency proclamation containing an amended Safer at Home Order that includes a

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July 2020 Group Watch: Runoff Election Results

Several runoff elections were held on Tuesday with these results: U.S. Senate: Tommy Tuberville (R) 60.74%; Jeff Session (R) 39.26%. 1st Congressional District; Jerry Carl (R) 52.29%, Bill Hightower (R) 47.71%. 2nd Congressional District; Barry Moore (R) 60.45%, Jeff Coleman (R) 39.55%. District 5 State School Board; Tonya Chestnut(D) 61.35%, Fred Bell (D) 38.65%. Place #2 Court of Criminal Appeals; Beth

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July 2020 Group Watch: AL Dept of Labor to Offer Extended Unemployment

The Alabama Department of Labor announced that Alabamians who have exhausted all other unemployment benefits will be eligible for the extended Benefits (EB) program. To qualify for the Extended Benefits program, an individual must have gone through both the normal 14 weeks of unemployment provided for by the State of

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July 2020 Group Watch: CARES Grant Awards

Governor Ivey has announced awards to several entities from the CARES ACT funds. The governor awarded $30 million to be used to establish a COVID-19 testing and safety development program. The program will be implemented by a coalition led by the Alabama Department of Public Health and the University of Alabama Birmingham.

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July 2020 Group Watch: Rep. Ron Johnson Dies

Representative Ronal Johnson of Sylacauga, the Dean of the House of Representatives, died from complications associated with liver cancer. He was 76 years old. Rep. Johnson held the District 33 seat for more than 40 years, making him the longest continuously serving member of the House. He was highly respected

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June 2020 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

COVID-19 is still with us and still affecting business, school schedules and the legislative process. Read on for more details. Special Session Still on the Table, But Not Before August: Governor Kay Ivey recently told legislators that there will be no special session prior to August because the state’s budget numbers

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June 2020 Group Watch: Tweet of the Month

@thebloomgroup June 17 Republic ServicesDiverts 1.7 Billion Pounds of Food, Yard Waste from Landfills http://story.cd/AAOKMAvia @PRWeb

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June 2020 Group Watch: Gov Ivey Awards Grants to Assist in COVID-19 Recovery

Governor Kay Ivey has awarded more than $17 million to provide relief for Alabamians who faced unemployment and economic difficulties as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Community Services Block Grants will be distributed to 20 community action agencies to provide services to qualified persons in Alabama. Funds will

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June 2020 Group Watch: Automakers Ramping Back Up

Alabama automakers have been ramping up production following the COVID-19 outbreak, with strict new protocols in place to prevent spread of the virus. Toyota, Honda, Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz all are implementing similar measures as employees return to work, including temperature checks, staggered shifts, frequent sanitizing and additional protective gear. Employees are

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June 2020 Group Watch: Bill Pryor Named Chief Judge of 11th Circuit Court

Judge William “Bill” H. Pryor Jr. recently took over as chief judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Pryor served as Attorney General of Alabama from 1997-2004, before being nominated by President George W. Bush to serve on the 11th Circuit in 2003. The 11th circuit court has jurisdiction

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