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January 24, 2022 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

The 2022 regular session of the Alabama Legislature was put on pause pretty much as quickly as it began, with Governor Ivey proving the rumors true and calling a special session when the legislators re-convened for the third day of the regular session last Tuesday. (Read the governor’s proclamation, below.) They started the special session

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January 24, 2022 Group Watch: Tweet of the Week

@VoteJWS Jan 20 No @AL_League event would be complete without the annual Hal Bloom selfie… #alpolitics is better with Usie! • #ALMadvoday

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January 24, 2022 Group Watch: 2022 Special Session In Progress

Alabama lawmakers began a special session last Wednesday to draft a plan for spending $772 million in pandemic relief dollars from the federal American Rescue Plan Act. A joint meeting of the House and Senate General Fund Budget Committees held a public hearing on Wednesday to receive input from agencies and

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January 24, 2022 Group Watch: A Bit of Regular Session Activity

Last Tuesday, legislators got started on regular session business before breaking to convene the special session. The Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee approved bills to exempt from state income tax distributions from a defined benefit plan and to increase the optional standard deduction amount. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved bills to further provide for

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January 24, 2022 Group Watch: Repeal of Alabama NIL Law Passes in the House

The discussion of the state’s NIL (name, image and likeness) law for college athletes that began in the first week of the regular session continued last week, with the House voting 97-1 to repeal Alabama’s NIL law. Some claim it was more restrictive that the NCAA’s own policy, which was adopted after the state passed

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January 24, 2022 Group Watch: Alabama Earns “Deal of the Year” Bragging Rights

Business Facilities, a national publication focused on economic development, has selected Alabama’s recruitment of Landing’s headquarters relocation project as one of its “Deals of the Year” in a new ranking. Landing’s move was made possible by a partnership forged with the state of Alabama, Jefferson County and the City of

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January 24, 2022 Group Watch: ALDOT Announces $40M worth of 2022 Infrastructure Projects

Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Transportation announced the allocation of more than $40 million in funding for city and county infrastructure projects. The funding for road and bridge infrastructure across the state was made available by the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program-II. This program places a minimum

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January 24, 2022 Group Watch: Manufacture Alabama Endorses AL Supreme Court Candidates

Manufacture Alabama announced Alabama Supreme Court endorsements for candidate Greg Cook and incumbent Associate Justice Kelli Wise. According to George Clark, president of Manufacture Alabama, Wise and Cook both embody the kind of honorable leaders we need on the Alabama Supreme Court. Clark says they are committed to the rule

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January 24, 2022 Group Watch: Pennsylvania Company Investing $25M in Manufacturing Facility

HarbisonWalker International announced plans to invest $25 million to convert its closed property near Birmingham into “Alabama One,” an advanced refractories manufacturing hub for steelmakers in the Southeast. Construction on the AL 1 facility in Fairfield is scheduled to begin during the first quarter of 2022, and the 100,000-square-foot facility is expected to

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January 24, 2022 Group Watch: Gov Ivey Awards Grants for Community Development

Governor Kay Ivey has awarded $18.2 million to provide improvements in more than 50 Alabama towns, cities and counties through Community Develop Block Grants. The grant awards ranged from $12,000 to $500,000, and the funds will enable local governments to provide public water service to households, repair damaged streets and roads and improve sewer systems,

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