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April 11, 2022 Group Watch: $225M in ARPA Funds to Go to Water & Sewer Projects

Gov. Kay Ivey recently announced that $225 million in COVID-19 pandemic relief funds has been provided for statewide water and sewer infrastructure improvements. The agreement signed between the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and the Alabama Department of Finance states that ADEM will distribute grants to qualifying public water

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April 11, 2022 Group Watch: Alabama’s “Small Town Downtowns” Making a Comeback

Cities in rural Alabama are seeing a rebirth in their downtowns, with a blitz of new business opening, property renovations and multimillion-dollar investments. Pop-up shops, green spaces, art festivals and social media buzz are among the trends that are helping drive the efforts to bring merchants, residents and visitors back

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April 4, 2022 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

As the 2022 regular session nears its end, bills will soon be relegated to the “passed” and “dead” lists. Those that made it all the way through to the “passed” list last week include a bill that will help protect the state’s senior citizens by creating an elder abuse registry. Governor Ivey has

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April 4, 2022 Group Watch: Tweet of the Week

@toddcstacy April 3 Alabama lawmakers are planning a rare work week of four legislative days to conclude the 2022 regular session, an ambitious challenge that shows how eager some are to return home in an election year. Read more in @ALDailyNews –>… #alpolitics

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April 4, 2022 Group Watch: Legislature Day-by-Day, Play-by-Play

Tuesday, 24th day of regular session:  The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee approved bills to revise the definition of shotgun and to further provide for the removal of disabled vehicles. The full House approved several bills of local application only, and general bills to require the State Board of Education to phase in the employment

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April 4, 2022 Group Watch: Data Center Opens In Auburn To Expand Access To Fiber Networks

Governor Ivey and other public officials took part in the grand opening of the $120 million AUBix data center in Auburn last week. The 40,000-square-foot center near the Auburn University campus will offer private and public organizations more secure and efficient access to fiber networks and more content for consumers.

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April 4, 2022 Group Watch: Alabama Creates Registry For Elder Abuse Convictions

Gov. Kay Ivey recently signed the law to create the nation’s first elder abuse registry. The new state database, created by legislation called “Shirley’s Law,” will include the names of anyone convicted of mistreating senior citizens. The law’s namesake Shirley Holcombe died in 2018 after becoming a victim of forgery by a caretaker, and

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April 4, 2022 Group Watch: Alabama House Approves Legislation To Provide Resources For Math Education

The Alabama House approved a Senate-passed bill aimed at improving the state’s performance on standardized math testing. The bill known as the Numeracy Act would set minimums for instruction of math and allow state intervention in public schools that fail to meet certain testing requirements. Legislators have long expressed frustration with Alabama’s performance

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April 4, 2022 Group Watch: Telehealth Bill Passes Senate

A bill officially authorizing telehealth and telemedicine in Alabama passed the state Senate last week, marking the first piece of legislation regulating digital access to healthcare for Alabamians. The bill, sponsored by Senator Dan Roberts, R-Mountain Brook, would limit the number of virtual visits citizens could use to four times every

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April 4, 2022 Group Watch: Experienced Educators Looking at Increased Pay

In an attempt to keep good teachers working in Alabama’s classrooms, a plan to give pay raises ranging from 10-20 percent to teachers with nine or more years experience is moving through the legislature. If the plan passes, all teachers will get a 4 percent raise, but those with a longer tenure would get double-digit

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