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September 2021 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

With COVID still putting stress on Alabama hospitals, Gov. Ivey has acted quickly to provide assistance by freeing up federal money to bring in extra nurses as needed. Money is also a big topic of discussion in the state’s longstanding prison problems, but State Representative Steve Clouse recently outlined a plan

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September 2021 Group Watch: Tweet of the Month

@WVTM13 Sept 15 Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey takes aim at big tech after Facebook mistakenly removes campaign page

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September 2021 Group Watch: Gov. Ivey Announces Funds to Hire Traveling Nurses

The governor announced the state would reallocate $12.3 million federal COVID-19 aid to pay for additional travel nurses to help Alabama’s struggling hospitals, many of which continue to see record numbers of COVID-19 patients. Public health officials and the Alabama Hospital Association say the state’s nursing shortage is the state’s

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September 2021 Group Watch: Rep. Clouse Outlines Plan to Fund Prison Improvements

During an appearance on “Capital Journal,” State Rep. Steve Clouse, chair of the House Ways and Means-General Fund Committee, laid out how the state plans to finance the early stages of the much-deliberated state prison solution. Clouse said it would be a combination of federal rescue money, an unanticipated surplus of

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September 2021 Group Watch: John McMillian Elected Exec Director of AL Medical Cannabis Commission

The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission voted to make Alabama Treasurer John McMillian its executive director. McMillian was chosen after a lengthy search by a subcommittee of the commission. The subcommittee recommended McMillian, and his hiring was approved unanimously. The commission voted to set his starting pay at $209,887.66. Vice Chair Rex Vaugh

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September 2021 Group Watch: Alabama Ranked Among Best States for Business, Again

National publication Area Development reports that a survey of site selection professionals once again ranked Alabama among the top state for business, citing a range of factors that contribute to an inviting growth environment. Alabama ranks No. 6 overall in the magazine’s 2021 issue, the same overall as the previous

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September 2021 Group Watch: Taylor Williams Promoted at PowerSouth

In preparation of future retirements and to better align its external affairs functions to serve its members, PowerSouth Energy Cooperative announced the promotion of Taylor Williams to director of external affairs. Williams, a Montgomery native and resident, currently serves as manager of governmental affairs and economic development. In the new role, he

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September 2021 Group Watch: Special Election Set; Penni McClammy Announces Plans to Run for Father’s Seat

Govenor Kay Ivey has set the dates for a special election to fill the Alabama House seat vacated by the death of Rep. Thad McClammy D-Montgomery. McClammy, 78, died August 21. He had represented District 76 in Montgomery since 1994. The primary will be November 16, with a runoff, if necessary,

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September 2021 Group Watch: Hassell wins Alabama House District 78 Race

Alabama has a new state representative. Democrat Kenyatte Hassell defeated Republican Loretta Grant to win the seat in the special general election. According to unofficial results from the Alabama secretary of state’s office, Hassell received 1,028 votes, and Grant received 254. Hassel is Montgomery’s urban director for YoungLife. He also

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September 2021 Group Watch: Fewer COVID Restrictions at the State House

A special session will probably be called before the end of September, and when Representatives and Senators make their way back to the State House, they’ll find that COVID-19 restrictions put in place for safety will be less stringent than before. The Senate will once again be open to the public, but it has not yet

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