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4/7/2014 Group Watch: Principal Perspective

by Allen Sanderson We’ve just wrapped up another busy session, one that was particularly productive and successful for our clients. We worked hard over the last few months, but we’re always ready to work harder and to serve more businesses and organizations seeking a voice in the halls of government.

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4/7/2014 Group Watch: Next Year

It will all begin again in 2015. Legislators elected in November will return to the State House in January 2015 for an organizational session. The 2015 regular session will start in March 2015.

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March 24, 2014 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

While some progress was made this week, the education budget is still not ready to go to the Governor. The issue will be taken up again when the legislature returns from Spring Break. Tuesday (25th legislative day): The House passed a number of local bills, and after lengthy discussion, passed a House substitute for

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3/24/2014 Group Watch: Education Budget, Getting Close

Early in the day on Thursday, many thought a compromise education budget was headed to Governor Bentley for his review over the legislative spring break next week. The governor had publically voiced his support for a teacher pay increase and full funding for teachers’ health insurance plan. As negotiations continued

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March 17, 2014 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

The education budget and several education-related bills, including one aimed at Common Core, came up in both chambers this week. Tuesday (23rd legislative day): The House passed several local bills and general bills to provide a sales tax exemption for an original work of art sold in a municipality’s cultural district and to authorize

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March 11, 2014 Group Watch: News & Views from the Statehouse

Four abortion-related bills passed the House this week, and bills changing the way in which teachers are laid off were approved by committees in the House and the Senate. Tuesday (20th legislative day): The House passed a couple of bills of local application and several general. After considerable debate they passed four bills

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3/11/2014 Group Watch: Veto Threat?

This week, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley said he would send back to the legislature an education budget that does not include a 2 percent pay increase and an increase in health insurance for funding education employees. Last week, the Senate passed an education budget with a one-time 1 percent bonus

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February 28, 2014 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

The Education Trust Fund budget, abortion-related bills and welfare reform bills were all on the agenda this week. Tuesday (17th legislative day): The House Health Committee passed four abortion bills with little discussion, including one that would ban the procedure after six weeks. One of the bills would place restrictions on minors seeking

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2/28/14 Group Watch: Governor’s Economic Recovery Tour

Governor Robert Bentley is visiting the Shoals area today during his statewide Road to Recovery Tour. This tour allows the governor to discuss state-level job efforts and local economic conditions in communities across the state of Alabama. Early in the day, the governor will visit with leaders, residents and small

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February 21, 2014 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

Lots of general bills passed both houses this week, and the push to repeal Common Core is back. Tuesday (15th legislative day): The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill keeping secret the manufacturers and suppliers who furnish the drugs for Alabama’s executions by lethal injection. The House passed several bills of local application only and gave

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