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August 2021 Group Watch: Alabama & the Infrastructure Deal

The recently passed federal infrastructure bill contains $1.2 trillion for various public works programs. Based on formula funding alone, Alabama would expect to receive $5.2 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs and $225 million for bridge repairs and replacements over five years. The state can also compete for the $12.5

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August 2021 Group Watch: AL Medical Cannabis Commission Holds First Meeting

Late last week, Alabama’s newly formed Medical Cannabis Commission held its inaugural meeting in Montgomery. Earlier this year, Governor Ivey signed the bill that made the use of cannabis to address  specific health concerns legal, and the commission is beginning its work to come up with the rules and procedures needed to regulate the

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August 2021 Group Watch: AL’s New Finance Director Sworn In

Bill Poole officially became the state finance director, joining Governor Ivey’s cabinet last Monday. The three-term legislator replaced Kelley Butler who recently retired. Governor Ivey also set a special election on October 19 to fill the seat Poole is leaving open. Read more here.

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July 2021 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

July 2021 Several hot topics are generating buzz this month. Movement on the medical marijuana front is making news, with the new “seed-to-sale” industry’s regulatory commission taking its final form. Despite dwindling numbers since its peak in Alabama, COVID remains a headline topic both in terms of vaccinations and ongoing recovery efforts. The Alabama

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July 2021 Group Watch: Tweet of the Month

@kayiveyforgov July 15 In June, Gov. Ivey ended Alabama’s federal pandemic unemployment programs. Now, the labor shortage is shrinking and businesses can keep their doors open. Read about how one restaurant owner in Daphne is already seeing the benefits of this policy here:

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July 2021 Group Watch: Alabama’s Medical Cannabis Commission Coming Together

The 14-member board that will oversee Alabama’s new medical marijuana industry is being formed. The bill passed by the Legislature in May that legalizes and regulates the production and use of medical marijuana products in Alabama calls for the Medical Cannabis Commission to be in place by July 1. The commission has until  September 1,

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July 2021 Group Watch: Governor Ivey Back on Gov Association Exec Committee

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey was once again elected to serve on the executive committee of the National Governor’s Association. The bipartisan National Governors Association works alongside governors in their efforts to restore public health and continue a robust, sustainable economic recovery. Serving along with Governor Ivey on the executive committee

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July 2021 Group Watch: New COVID Vaccination Campaign in AL

A recent survey by the Alabama Hospital Association found that 94 percent of Alabamians hospitalized with COVID-19 were not vaccinated against the deadly disease. The fact was announced by the Alabama Department of Public Health in a statement that called for the public to help encourage others to get vaccinated

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July 2021 Group Watch: Gov & Lt. Gov Already Raising Big Bucks for Re-election

Governor Kay Ivey reportedly has raised $1.2 million in her bid for re-election. Her sizable war chest could deter challengers from either side of the aisle in the 2022 election. In a bit of saber-rattling, her campaign made the figure known ahead of mandatory election filings. Likewise, Lt. Governor Will

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July 2021 Group Watch: AL Rural Hospitals Receiving $ to Battle COVID-19

Alabama is receiving $10.3 million from the federal government to help small, rural hospitals with testing and other efforts to mitigate COVID-19. The Health and Human Services administration announced that the money would go to 40 Alabama hospitals with fewer than 50 beds. Hospitals will use the funds to maintain

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