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February 12, 2018 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

Last week, The Alabama Legislature focused again on local bills, but in addition, it passed a bill to allow the phrase “In God We Trust” on state property. On Tuesday (9th day of session): The Housepassed several bills of local application only and general bills to allow the Marriage and Family Therapy Board to further define

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2/12/2018 Group Watch: Italy in Tuskegee

Italy gave the Tuskegee Airmen a home. Now, an Italian corporation hopes to make its home in Alabama for what could be a transformational project. Italian ambassador Armando Varricchio visited Moton Field in Tuskegee last week, touring the training home of the celebrated World War II fighter pilots. Along with the

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2/12/2018 Group Watch: Education Budget Passes Committee

Last week, the the Education Trust Fund Budget easily made its way out of the House committee with support from Republicans and Democrats. At $6.63 billion — more the $200 million larger than last year’s ETF Budget — (thanks to a steadily improving economy), it allows for a 2.5 percent

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2/12/2018 Group Watch: Tweet of the Week

@JalenHurts Feb 10: Prom Night was a HUGE success! Making new friends with big smiles and even BIGGER hearts. What an awesome experience ! #NightToShine #BeABlessing #AllGlory2God

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2/12/2018 Group Watch: “In God We Trust Bill” Passes

The Alabama House voted to allow the phrase “In God We Trust” on public buildings, but only after debate on the bill went far off track. Black legislators accused a member of twisting history. Speaking for the bill, Rep. Arnold Mooney said the phrase is from the national anthem, and noted

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2/12/2018 Group Watch: Gov. Aids Economic Development

A bill that allows county commissions the flexibility to give abatements on all or portions of county ad valorem taxes due on properties was signed into law by Governor Ivey last week. Putting this power in the hands of local officials should help economic development projects, and the properties have to

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2/12/2018 Group Watch: Anti-Voyeurism Bill Passes Senate

The Alabama Senate passed a bill last Thursday that would make it a crime to take photos or videos of a person’s private parts without their consent in areas where they can expect privacy. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Clyde Chambliss, passed 27-0. Senate Chambliss described the passing of the bill as

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February 5, 2018 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

The Alabama Legislature convened last Tuesday and got lots of local business done in addition to the House passing a bill affecting childcare programs. On Tuesday (7th day of session): The House worked late into the evening, passing several bills of local application only and general bills to require youth sports personnel to complete

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2/5/2018 Group Watch: AL’s Top Attractions

The Alabama Department of Tourism recently released its list of most visited tourism attractions in 2017. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville took the top spot, with the Birmingham Zoo,Huntsville Botanical Gardens, the McWane Science Center (Birmingham) next. The Montgomery Zoo came in at number 8. Other sites ahead

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2/5/2018 Group Watch: Senate Increases Fentanyl Penalties

Last week, the Senate passed a bill to provide for harsher punishments in crimes related to the trafficking and distribution of the dangerous drug fentanyl. Read more from Alabama Today.

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