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April 12, 2021 Group Watch: Medical Marijuana Bill Moving Through the Legislature

Gaining approval from the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday puts a bill that would allow the sale and use of medical marijuana in Alabama one step closer to the governor’s desk. The bill specifies more than a dozen medical conditions eligible for access to medical marijuana but does require a doctor’s approval first. It’s

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April 5, 2021 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

The Alabama Legislature completed its seventh week of the 2021 regular session last Thursday. Highlights at the State House included the House approval of a bill that allows direct delivery of alcohol and the shipment of wine to households, plus a pause on legislation that aims to restructure the Alabama Department of Public Health

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April 5, 2021 Group Watch: Tweet of the Week

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April 5, 2021 Group Watch: Consideration of Changes to ADPH, State Health Officer Pushed to 2022

In February, State Senator Jim McClendon introduced legislation that would reconstitute the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and remake the agency’s leadership. McClendon, the chair of the Senate Health Committee, proposed abolishing the State Board of Health and the State Health Officer. The bill would create a Secretary of

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April 5, 2021 Group Watch: April Weaver Wins Senate Special Election Primary

April Weaver, a former state representative and ex-Trump administration official, handily won the special election Republican primary for a central Alabama Senate seat over two other contenders. Weaver, who left the legislature in May 2020 to become Regional Director for region IV of the U.S. Department of Health and Human

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April 5, 2021 Group Watch: Gov. Ivey Visits Alabama Sites Hit by Deadly Tornadoes

Governor Kay Ivey toured sites in Alabama where tornadoes upended homes and lives, killing five and laying a path of destruction across the state. Ivey conveyed the grief all Alabamians share for the families and their losses, and that their hearts and prayers go out to all who lost loved

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April 5, 2021 Group Watch: Ainsworth Won’t Run for Governor Against Ivey

On Friday, Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth said he will not run for governor if Governor Kay Ivey decides to seek another term. Ivey said she’s not yet made a decision about running, noting her “plate is full” with COVID-19 vaccine distribution, prison reform and other issues facing the state. If Ivey does run again,

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April 5, 2021 Group Watch: Alabama House Approves Alcohol Delivery & Wine Shipment Bills

The Alabama House approved a bill that would allow delivery of beer, wine and liquor to individuals on a 79-12 vote. The chamber approved a second bill to allow direct shipment of wine to Alabama residents on an 83-7 vote. The alcohol delivery bill goes to the Senate, which approved

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April 5, 2021 Group Watch: Committee Advances Repeal of Habitual Offender Law

A divided legislative committee advanced a bill to repeal Alabama’s habitual offender law that mandates longer sentences for repeat offenders. The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill on a 9-5 vote. The bill would do away with the sentencing mandates for new cases and allow some prisoners to have their

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April 5, 2021 Group Watch: House Passes Bill to Curb Teen Vaping & Regulate Industry

The Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill designed to reduce the use of vapes and e-cigarettes among young people. The bill provides for numerous regulations of the vaping and e-cigarette industry in Alabama. It would prevent vape manufacturers and retailers from using advertising techniques designed to appeal to young

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