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April 19, 2021 Group Watch: Legislature Passes Transgender Sports Bill

Last week, the legislature passed a bill that prohibits biological males play on female sports teams in Alabama schools (K-12). It’s now headed to Governor Ivey to be signed into law, although the governor has not yet commented on her intentions to sign it or not. Alabama is not alone in taking

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April 19, 2021 Group Watch: Senate Passes Bill for College Athletics Compensation

The Alabama Senate unanimously approved a House-passed bill saying that college athletes can receive compensation for their name, image and likeness. The legislation comes as the NCAA prepares to adopt rules that will allow student athletes to profit off their names, with certain limitations, while still competing at the collegiate level.

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April 19, 2021 Group Watch: Senate Approves Bill for Lottery & Casinos

The Alabama Senate has approved legislation to allow voters to decide whether to have a lottery and casinos. The main bill, a constitutional amendment by Republican Senator Jim McClendon of Springville, passed by a vote of 23-9. McClendon’s original bill would allow voters to decide whether to have a lottery.

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April 19, 2021 Group Watch: AL to Host Lt. Governors Association Meeting

The National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) will meet in Baldwin County in August as the nation’s lieutenant governors and other seconds-in-command gather for the association’s first in-person meeting since 2019. The meeting will convene state “No. 2s” from across the country to discuss policy ideas and best practices. “Tourism is

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April 19, 2021 Group Watch: AL Will Soon Learn Census Fate

Will Alabama lose a Congressional seat? That’s been in question for some time, and the answer will soon be here. Based on the final count of the 2020 Census, Alabama will either keep its current number of representatives (7) in D.C. or lose one. The population numbers from the recent census will be sent to

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April 19, 2021 Group Watch: AL Medical Marijuana Bill Headed to House

The House Health Committee approved legislation by Senator Tim Melson that would create a medical cannabis program in the state. The Senate-passed measure now heads to the full House for a vote. Melson’s bill would allow the use of medical cannabis for more than a dozen conditions, including cancer, HIV/AIDS,

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April 19, 2021 Group Watch: Senate Passes Delayed Implementation of Alabama Literacy Program

The Alabama Senate passed a bill that would postpone implementation of a plan to require children to pass a third-grad competency test before being admitted to fourth grade. SB 94 is sponsored by state Senator Rodger Smitherman of Birmingham. Under a plan passed by the legislature in 2019, students unable

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April 19, 2021 Group Watch: Senate Passes GOP-Backed Bill to Block New Federal Gun Laws

The Alabama Senate passed a bill that would make it a crime for state and local officials to enforce any new gun-control laws or regulations from the Biden administration or Congress. The bill by Senator Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa is one of several bills in the legislature that are aimed

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April 19, 2021 Group Watch: Aniah’s Law Goes on Statewide Ballot

The Alabama Legislature approved “Aniah’s Law” last week. The bill is named after Aniah Blanchard who was kidnapped and killed. Aniah’s Law is a constitutional amendment sponsored by Rep. Chip Brown of Mobile that allows prosecutors and judges broader discretion in requesting and denying bail to those accused of committing

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April 19, 2021 Group Watch: ABC Board Preparing for New Alcohol Delivery Law

Thanks to legislation passed last week, on October 1, anyone in the state of Alabama who is 21 or older can purchase alcohol to be delivered right to their doorstep. The ABC Board is looking at how to enforce this and how to draft the rules. Businesses will have to

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