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March 1, 2021 Group Watch: “Aniah’s Law” Through House

With unanimous votes, two bills to create “Aniah’s Law” passed the House last week and now move to the Senate. Both bills allow judges increased discretion when deciding to grant or deny bail for people charged with violent crimes. “Aniah’s Law” is named for 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard, who was kidnapped

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March 1, 2021 Group Watch: License Plate Bill Out of Senate

A bill that allows the use of automated license plate recognition systems on public highways by law enforcement agencies passed the Senate last week and now goes to the House. SB2 is sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) and lets law enforcement use technology to record car license plates in an effort to track

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February 15, 2021 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

The second week of the 2021 regular session started last Tuesday, and two issues were in the spotlight: gambling and prisons. Senator Del Marsh filed a bill that would allow Alabamians to vote on expanding gaming and establishing a lottery in the state. (You can read a summary of the gaming proposal here.) Meanwhile, several lawmakers questioned

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February 15, 2021 Group Watch: Rental Assistance Passed

The Alabama Senate voted unanimously on final passage of a bill to provide as much as $263 million in rental assistance funds to the people of Alabama. The bill provides federal funding from COVID-19 relief legislation passed by Congress in December 2020. The Alabama Housing Finance Authority will administer the

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February 15, 2021 Group Watch: Tweet of the Week

@RepBarryMoore Feb 12 Happy birthday to the Great Emancipator and 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln!

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February 15, 2021 Group Watch: Senator Shelby Won’t Seek Re-Election

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, a mainstay of Alabama politics for decades, has officially announced his plans to retire following the end of his current term in 2022. Shelby has served in congress for 42 years and said in his remarks that he would not seek a seventh term in the

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February 15, 2021 Group Watch: Gambling in AL: What’s Ahead

All eyes were focused on first readings as a wide-ranging bill from Senator Del Marsh was introduced. Marsh’s bill, which is not final, will address the casino gambling issue, with limited expansion in certain parts of the state, and also includes a call for a lottery and the legalization of

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February 15, 2021 Group Watch: Hot Topics Coming

The legislature has moved quickly and accomplished a lot already, but when it reconvenes next week, there’s still a lot to do, and there’s a long list of issues on the table, many of which are likely to stir up intense disagreements. Bills concerning guns, the governor’s emergency powers, marijuana,

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February 15, 2021 Group Watch: COVID Relief Funds Tax Exempt

A bill that makes Alabamians’ COVID-19 relief funds exempt from being taxed by the state has cleared its final hurdle. The Alabama Senate passed one of the top priority bills of the session just a week after House approval. The legislation also makes modifications to the state’s corporate tax code

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