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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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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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