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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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July 2021 Group Watch: State Rep Vying for Senate Seat

One of the Republican leaders in the Alabama House of Representatives will run for the state Senate next year. Rep. Mike Jones of Andalusia, who chairs the House Rules Committee, announced he will run for the south Alabama seat now held by Senator Jimmy Holley, who is retiring after next

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July 2021 Group Watch: Who’s the Next AL House Speaker?

That is the question following Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon’s announcement of retirement at the close of the 2022 session. McCutcheon said he will not be on the ballot for re-election to his House seat. House Majority Leader Nathan Ledbetter of Rainsville announced his candidacy for speaker, as did Ways and

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