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March 9, 2020 Group Watch: Gov Signs Occupational Tax Bill

Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill requiring cities to get legislative approval for new occupational taxes, effectively blocking a 1 percent tax passed by the Montgomery City Council in February. The Republican majority in the legislature passed the bill over opposition from Democrats, who said it undermined the authority of local officials to

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March 9, 2020 Group Watch: Alabama Earns Top 10 Rankings from Site Selection Mag

Alabama’s economic development successes in 2019 earned the state a pair of Top 10 rankings in Site Selection magazine’s annual Governor’s Cups analysis. Alabama ranked No. 6 among states in projects per capita, a measurement that places smaller states on a more level playing field in the publication’s analysis. The

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March 9, 2020 Group Watch: Senate Bill Blocks Transgender Treatments for Minors

The Alabama Senate passed a bill that would make it a crime for doctors to prescribe opposite sex hormones or drugs that block puberty for people under the age of 19 who identify as transgender. The bill is sponsored by Senator Shay Shelnutt of Trussville who argued that most children

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March 2, 2020 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

The fourth week of session has come and gone. Governor Ivey voiced her support for bipartisan bills that aim to solve the state’s prison problems. And the fate of new municipal occupational taxes is now on her desk, as the Senate passed the bill blocking cities from levying occupational taxes

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March 2, 2020 Group Watch: Tweet of the Week

@thebloomgroup March 1 Happy 21st Birthday to my baby boy Harris. He was apparently celebrating with the Alabama Basketball team last night.

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March 2, 2020 Group Watch: Republic Services Named to Most Ethical Co List

Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG) has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year as one of the 2020 World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. “At Republic Services, it’s our responsibility to lead by example and hold ourselves to the highest

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March 2, 2020 Group Watch: Occupational Tax Bill Going to Governor

Last Thursday, the Alabama Senate voted 27-7 to pass a bill requiring municipalities to go through the legislature before instituting or raising an occupational tax. According to the measure, municipalities can keep their occupational tax if enacted prior to February 1, 2020. Supporters of the bill say it will give people who live outside

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March 2, 2020 Group Watch: Occupational Tax Legal Battle Likely

If Governor Ivey signs the recently passed occupational tax bill into law, Montgomery and its leadership might fight the measure in court. Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed called the bill an example of “government overreach” that should concern the capital city’s citizens, but thus far, he has not outlined any specific next steps. Stay tuned.

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March 2, 2020 Group Watch: Gov Ivey Voices Support for Prison Reform Bills

Governor Kay Ivey announced her support for a major bipartisan package of bills that has been introduced in the Alabama legislature upon recommendation from the her Study Group on Criminal Justice Policy. Governor Ivey established the group in July 2019, which came after the Department of Justice said there was

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March 2, 2020 Group Watch: Bill to Allow College Athletes Compensation Introduced in the House

A bill that would allow college athletes to make money off the use of their name and likeness was introduced in the House last week. The “Fair Pay to Play” bill, sponsored by Rep. Kirk Hatcher (D-Montgomery) is a hot topic and should see some good debate in coming weeks.

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