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March 20, 2023 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

The Alabama Legislature’s special session came to a close last week. The work done resulted in a concensus on how and where to spend the state’s ARPA funds and the governor signing the plans into law. This week, the 2023 regular session resumes. In other news, prison-building projects are moving forward, there’s talk

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March 20, 2023 Group Watch: Tweet of the Week

@thebloomgroupMarch 16The Bloom Group, doing what we can to help prevent forest fires.

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

On Tuesday (4th day of the special session):  On Thursday (5th and final day the special session):

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March 20, 2023 Group Watch: Senator Orr Proposes Gradual Elimination of Grocery Tax

State Senator Arthur Orr has drafted legislation that would gradually eliminate the sales tax on groceries. The proposed bill would take one cent off the tax every year on certain foods covered by the Women Infants and Children (WIC) federal program. Orr, who is chair of the Senate Education Budget

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March 20, 2023 Group Watch: Tuberville & Britt: Alabama Banks Strong & Safe

In the wake of the collapse of two large California-based banks, U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville said Alabama residents should not worry about the state’s banks. Last week, the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature bank fueled concern throughout the nation and the state of Alabama. In his weekly teleconference, Senator Tuberville discussed

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March 20, 2023 Group Watch: Kim Davidson Appointed to State Parole Board 

Kim Davidson has been appointed to the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles by Governor Kay Ivey. The veteran attorney’s new position was announced last Tuesday in a press release from the board. Davidson has a long career practicing law and graduated from the Birmingham School of Law before becoming a member of the

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March 20, 2023 Group Watch: State Proceeding with Prison Project Despite Increased Costs

Several top lawmakers said they expect Alabama to proceed with its plan to build two men’s prisons after a state board raised the spending cap on the first prison to almost $1 billion. A resolution passed by the Alabama Corrections Institution Finance Authority allows the state to spend up to

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March 20, 2023 Group Watch: A Bill to Toughen Penalties for Fentanyl Trafficking Likely Coming This Session 

After months of headlines announcing accidental deaths due to fentanyl and the massive amounts of the drug pouring into the country, many Alabama lawmakers are ready to put some real teeth into punishments for fentanyl trafficking with a new law. A bill has been pre-filed on the matter and has 15 sponsors in the House. Read more here.

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March 20, 2023 Group Watch: Innovate Alabama Launches HBCU Innovation Experience

Innovate Alabama is hosting a tech brunch to launch its HBCU Innovation Experience. The new program will encourage inclusive talent attraction and retention within the state, which is home to the most Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the country. HBCU academic leaders will be able to network with peers,

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March 20, 2023 Group Watch: Details of ARPA $ Allocations

Last Thursday, Governor Ivey signed into law the bill approved by the legislature that allocates Alabama’s ARPA funds. In her State of the State address, Ivey called a special session specifically for this work, and the legislature got it done. Read more about the water and sewer projects that got funded and that many law makers claim

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