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April 19, 2021 Group Watch: Senate Passes Delayed Implementation of Alabama Literacy Program

The Alabama Senate passed a bill that would postpone implementation of a plan to require children to pass a third-grad competency test before being admitted to fourth grade. SB 94 is sponsored by state Senator Rodger Smitherman of Birmingham. Under a plan passed by the legislature in 2019, students unable

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April 19, 2021 Group Watch: Senate Passes GOP-Backed Bill to Block New Federal Gun Laws

The Alabama Senate passed a bill that would make it a crime for state and local officials to enforce any new gun-control laws or regulations from the Biden administration or Congress. The bill by Senator Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa is one of several bills in the legislature that are aimed

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April 19, 2021 Group Watch: Aniah’s Law Goes on Statewide Ballot

The Alabama Legislature approved “Aniah’s Law” last week. The bill is named after Aniah Blanchard who was kidnapped and killed. Aniah’s Law is a constitutional amendment sponsored by Rep. Chip Brown of Mobile that allows prosecutors and judges broader discretion in requesting and denying bail to those accused of committing

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April 19, 2021 Group Watch: ABC Board Preparing for New Alcohol Delivery Law

Thanks to legislation passed last week, on October 1, anyone in the state of Alabama who is 21 or older can purchase alcohol to be delivered right to their doorstep. The ABC Board is looking at how to enforce this and how to draft the rules. Businesses will have to

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April 12, 2021 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

The eighth week of the 2021 regular session of the Alabama Legislature wrapped up last week. Gambling was back on the table, with Governor Ivey reiterating her desire to let Alabama residents express their thoughts on the matter with their vote. And education was a headline, thanks to Senator Del

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April 12, 2021 Group Watch: Tweet of the Week

@yhn April 9 Former Gov. Robert Bentley founds ‘Great State Alabama’ nonprofit to support rural, underserved areas

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April 12, 2021 Group Watch: Committee Approves Bill Requiring Creation of Open Enrollment Policies

The Senate Education Policy Committee voted 7-3 to approve a bill by Senator Del Marsh requiring school districts to create open enrollment policies. The students transferring would need to pay a fee specified by the school district, according to the sponsor. Marsh said there are exceptions. For example, school districts

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April 12, 2021 Group Watch: Legislature Passes Alcohol Delivery Bill

Cheers! The legislature is sending a bill to Governor Ivey that allows  alcohol to be delivered to people’s homes. The measure allows beer, wine and spirits to be shipped directly to consumers. Only those 21 and older would be allowed to order and receive the alcohol. The bill creates a

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April 12, 2021 Group Watch: House Passes Bill to Define Timing for New Election Laws

The Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill that would prevent the State of Alabama from implementing any legislative changes to election procedures within six months of a general election. Since the legislation proposes an amendment to the state’s constitution, it requires approval by a majority of Alabama voters if

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April 12, 2021 Group Watch: Ivey Issues “Safer Apart” Order

As the state’s COVID-19 numbers continue to plummet (see next article) and the statewide mask order has expired, the state of emergency over COVID-19 remains. Late last week, Governor Ivey announced her new Safer Apart Order, which encourages people to wear masks and practice social distancing. Mask wearing will not be

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