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February 14, 2022 Group Watch: Tweet of the Week

@AL_League Feb 8 The League commends Governor Ivey and the Alabama Legislature for their diligence in allocating funds from the American Rescue Plan Act towards quality of life endeavors for Alabama’s citizens.

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February 14, 2022 Group Watch: Legislature Day-by-Day, Play-by-Play

Tuesday, 7th day of regular session:  The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee approved several bills, including bills to declare that emergency medical services are essential public services; to authorize governmental boards to meet by electronic means; and to allow for issuance of garnishment writs by certified or standard mail. The House passed several bills of local application

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February 14, 2022 Group Watch: AL Senate Approves Package of Broadband Bills

The Alabama Senate approved three bills to support broadband expansion over the next several years. The bills sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Clay Scofield would increase minimum broadband speeds for grant programs administered by the state, allow governmental entities to apply for grants and allow counties to direct money for

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February 14, 2022 Group Watch: Supreme Court Sides with GOP in Alabama Election Map Case

The U.S. Supreme Court put on hold a lower court ruling saying that Alabama must draw new congressional districts before the 2022 elections to increase Black voting power. The court order boosts Republican chances to hold six of the state’s seven seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The court’s action,

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February 14, 2022 Group Watch: Commerce Dept. Taps Christina Stimson to Lead International Trade Efforts

The Alabama Commerce Department announced that Christina Stimpson, an international business professional with experience in export promotion, foreign direct investment strategy and business recruitment, will take the helm of the department’s Office of International Trade. Stimpson comes to Commerce from the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, where she worked in

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February 14, 2022 Group Watch: USDA Invests $360M to Build Hospital to Serve Rural Residents

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest $360 million in the Medical West Hospital Authority to build a state-of-the-art 200-bed hospital in McCalla. The new Medical West Hospital will serve more than 300,000 rural people in west Jefferson County, Tuscaloosa County and other surrounding rural communities. The 405,186-square-foot facility will feature

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February 14, 2022 Group Watch: Lt. Governor Ainsworth Clearly Voices Support for School Choice

Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth left little doubt where he stood on the school choice debate during a recent radio program, saying  that school choice is “the right thing to do” and “I support school choice 100 percent.” He added he thinks it is needed in Alabama. His declaration came as the

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February 14, 2022 Group Watch: Governor Ivey Awards $2.6M to Assist Domestic Violence Victims

Governor Kay Ivey awarded $2.6 million in grants to assist victims of domestic violence as they escape from abusive situations and rebuild their lives. The governor awarded the funds to the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence and seven nonprofit agencies that serve victims in their communities. The Alabama Department of

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February 14, 2022 Group Watch: Alabama Paroles Bureau Buys Prison for Rehabilitation Use

The Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles has purchased a vacant, private prison in Perry County to use as a rehabilitation facility for parole violators. The bureau will pay $15 million for the Perry County Correctional Center, a 700-bed prison on U.S. 80 in Uniontown. The prison was owned by

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February 7, 2022 Group Watch: News & Views from the State Hous

While Alabama has celebrated a string of major economic development announcements in recent months, many of them focused on big companies locating or expanding in the state, leaders recognize that small businesses are also key drivers of the economy. To support them, Lt. Governor Ainsworth revealed the Alabama Small Business Commission’s legislative package

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