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May 2022 Group Watch: Caddell Construction To Build Specialized Care Prison

Alabama has hired Caddell Construction Co. to build a specialized men’s prison facility in Elmore County. The contract with Caddell, which is based in Montgomery, was effective in mid-April. The contract is the latest step in a process the Ivey administration has pursued for several years to overhaul Alabama’s prison

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May 2022 Group Watch: AL Innovation Corporation Approves Budget, Creates Exec Director Position

The Alabama Innovation Corporation, a statewide public-private partnership tasked with promoting the state’s innovation economy, recently held its second board meeting. At the meeting, the corporation’s board of directors approved the creation of an executive director position and its associated job description. The executive director position will be charged with

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May 2022 Group Watch: Longtime Baldwin County House Member Dies

Rep. Steve McMillan of Gulf Shores, a Republican who served in the Alabama House of Representatives for more than 40 years, has died. He announced in January that he had been diagnosed with three brain tumors and would be undergoing treatment. McMillan was the dean of the Alabama House. He

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April 11, 2022 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

All things must end, including lawmaking, and the Alabama Legislature’s 2022 regular session came to a close last week; on Thursday, the House and Senate adjourned Sine Die. High-profile bills like those to authorize gambling didn’t make it, while a bill concerning transgender medical treatments did.Several groups got raises, and a bill to put new limits and requirements

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April 11, 2022 Group Watch: Tweet of the Week

@thebloomgroup April 7 No step too high for a high stepper.

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April 11, 2022 Group Watch: Legislature Day-by-Day, Play-by-Play

Tuesday, 27th day of regular session:  The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee approved a Senate-passed bill to create the Alabama Second Amendment Preservation Act to provide prohibitions on the use of certain public resources and personnel to enforce certain federal actions relating to firearms, accessories and ammunition. The House Ways and Means General Fund Committee approved

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April 11, 2022 Group Watch: Bill Limiting How Much Municipalities Can Keep From Traffic Fines Passes

The legislature gave final approval to a bill intended to stop cities and towns from using traffic in an excessive way to fatten their budgets. The legislation came in response to the traffic trap scandal in Brookside, a Jefferson County town of about 1,200 people that used an oversized police

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April 11, 2022 Group Watch: Legislature Passes New Requirements for Unemployment Compensation

The Alabama Legislature approved a bill to add new requirements to qualify for unemployment compensation. The House passed the bill along party lines after cutting off debate. The measure, which had already passed the Senate, returned to the Senate due to House changes. The Senate accepted the changes and gave

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April 11, 2022 Group Watch: Lawmakers Pass Ban on Transgender Medical Treatments For Minors

The legislature passed a bill to criminalize medical treatments to help transgender minors affirm their gender identity. The Senate-passed bill passed the House by a vote of 66-28. The vote came after the Republican majority passed a petition to cut off the debate after a short time. The vote to pass

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April 11, 2022 Group Watch: Lawmakers Approve Delay of Reading Retention Requirement

The legislature voted to delay a high-stakes requirement to hold back third graders who don’t meet reading benchmarks. The bill now goes to Governor Kay Ivey, who previously expressed support for a one-year delay. Many lawmakers expressed concern about putting the requirement on students after the pandemic interrupted classrooms for

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