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October 2023 Group Watch: Speaker Forms Committee to Assess State’s Labor Participation

The state’s unemployment rate—at an all-time low of 2.2 percent—places Alabama among the 10 states with the lowest unemployment rates. And Alabama is witnessing record-breaking economic growth. But Speaker of the House Nathaniel Ledbetter knows things can be even better. He formed an ad hoc committee to study Alabama’s labor

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October 2023 Group Watch: Alabama Lawmakers Approve Construction Agreement for New Statehouse

A panel of Alabama legislators voted to proceed with a plan to construct a new statehouse. The legislature passed a bill earlier this year authorizing work on a new building for lawmakers to replace the current building, which faces mold and leaks and deferred maintenance costs of $100 million. If

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October 2023 Group Watch: Federal Court Makes Final Selection for AL’s 2024 Congressional Districts 

A panel of federal judges has made a final decision on which of the three maps Alabama will have to use in its upcoming 2024 congressional district races. The judges selected remedial plan No. 3, which features a Black voting age population in District 2 that is 48.7 percent and

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October 2023 Group Watch: Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission Overhauls Licensing Process Amid Legal Disputes

The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC) adopted new application and licensing rules after months of legal disputes and amid stalled settlement negotiations over the commission’s evaluation process. The AMCC awarded licenses to produce and distribute medical cannabis in June, but inconsistencies in the scoring of applications led to multiple lawsuits

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September 2023 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

As students across Alabama get back into the groove of school, Governor Ivey and other elected leaders have been putting a lot of emphasis on education issues this month. Issues affecting the state’s economy were also put in the spotlight in recent weeks. Despite record-breaking numbers in economic growth and low

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September 2023 Group Watch: Tweet of the Month

@willainsworthALSept 17236 years ago today, our Founding Fathers signed the United States Constitution establishing the government for the greatest country the world has ever known and securing “the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

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September 2023 Group Watch: Speaker Ledbetter Outlines Plans to Keep AL’s Economy Growing

Representative Nathan Ledbetter, Speaker of Alabama’s House of Representatives, recently outlined the pros and cons impacting Alabama’s economy. He touted the historic numbers that “paint a picture of robust economic progress and unmatched job growth.” But he also noted what these numbers don’t show, explaining the barriers that are hindering

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September 2023 Group Watch: Gov. Ivey Speaks to Alabama’s Youngest Students

Once an elementary school teacher herself, Governor Kay Ivey recently cleared her office calendar to visit elementary schools around the state. During a visit to Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in Huntsville, she discussed the importance of reading and having a strong work ethic. She told students it was

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September 2023 Group Watch: Marion Military Institute Gets Funding Backed by Senator Britt

U.S. Senator Katie Britt recently celebrated $34 million in funding from the National Institute of Standards and Technology for a new Math and Science Building at Marion Military Institute’s Perry County campus. MMI has prepared young men and women across the country for successful civilian and military careers since 1842.

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September 2023 Group Watch: State Conducting Feasibility Study on State Health-Science HS

The state will soon know more about the possible construction of a statewide health-science high school near Demopolis, something Governor Ivey proposed during her State of the State address in March. The Legislative Contract Review Committee recently approved a $500,000 contract with a consulting firm to conduct a feasibility study.

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