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March 20, 2023 Group Watch: Day-by-Day, Play-by-Play

On Tuesday (4th day of the special session): 

  • The House overwhelming approved the bill allocating the remaining $1 billionof American Rescue Act Plan (ARPA) sent to Alabama by the federal government.
  • The Senate unanimously passed a bill to transfer approximately $60 million from the State’s General Fund budget to the Alabama Trust Fund. (This is the final installment to pay back a loan made to the General Fund during less prosperous times in the state.)

On Thursday (5th and final day the special session):

  • After the Senate amended and approved the House-passed bill Thursday morning on a 29 to 3 vote, and the House concurred with the Senate changes on a 96 to 0 vote, the legislature gave final approval to a plan to spend $1 billion in federal COVID relief funds on broadband, health care, and water and sewer projects. Both chambers then adjourned Sine Die. 
  • The bill was promptly forwarded to Governor Kay Ivey, who signed it into law. 

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