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July 2013 Group Watch: Trade Mission to Canada

The Alabama Department of Commerce will lead representatives from 10 state companies to Canada next week on a trip aimed at strengthening ties with that country. Canada, a North American Free Trade Agreement partner, is the top destination for Alabama products and the upcoming trip will capitalize on those current

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July 2013 Group Watch: Obamacare Reprieve

Employers will get a one-year reprieve from providing health insurance for their workers as the White House retools the mandate that critics have said is both costly and cumbersome. The delay was announced by Treasury officials and would push the requirement past the 2014 mid-term elections. Other aspects of the massive

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March 15, 2013 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

The Alabama Legislature returned to work on Tuesday for the 12th day of the session. Both chambers were subjected to slowdown tactics due to the Democrats’ disapproval of the Alabama Accountability Act. Tuesday: The House voted 98-0 to give final passage to a bill to provide tax credits for irrigation equipment

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3/15/2013 Group Watch: Governor Backs Changes to Medicaid

Governor Robert Bentley announced his support for his Medicaid commission’s recommendations to overhaul the way the state delivers services in the healthcare program for the poor. Bentley said the proposal will end the state’s fee-for-service model in favor of a network of locally run managed-care networks. State Health Officer Don

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October 2012 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

So far, fall has been full of news on insurance, new voting districts and more. Governor Refuses to Comply with Health Care Exchange Deadline: Governor Robert Bentley announced that Alabama will not comply with a deadline in setting up state health insurance exchanges required under the Affordable Care Act. The U.

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October 2012 Group Watch: Senate Switch

State Senator Jerry Fielding of Sylacauga recently announced he is joining the Republican Party. Fielding said he is distressed with the national Democratic Party moving further to the left and added that his political philosophy and moral values are more in line with Republican Party. The 35-member Senate now has

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October 2012 Group Watch: Roll Tide!

A south Alabama pilot was flying his twin-engine Cessna to see No. 1 Alabama play Ole Miss in Tuscaloosa when he experienced engine trouble and landed his plane in a cotton field in Selma. The four men aboard the plane reported they were going to stop in Selma for barbecue.

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Solutions to Prison Overcrowding

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says the state’s prisons are overcrowded, and officials may have to find ways to release prisoners who are not likely to commit violent crimes. Strange made the remarks in Washington during a meeting of the federalist Society, a conservative think tank. A report in the

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Alabama Lt. Governor Leads Trade Mission

Alabama Lt. Governor Kay Ivey is leading a delegation from six Southern states to Taipei, Taiwan, on a cultural and trade mission. Ivey and state Senator Bill Holtzclaw of Madison will represent Alabama on the mission. A spokesperson for Ivey said the trip is being paid for by the Taipei

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