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April 15, 2024 Group Watch: Healthcare-Focused High School Bill Approved by House Committee

Last week, a bill to create an advanced health care sciences high school in Demopolis passed unanimously in the House Ways and Means Education Committee. Governor Ivey first proposed the school in her 2023 “state of the state” address, and in January, Bloomberg Philanthropies pledged $26.4 million to the project,

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April 15, 2024 Group Watch: Big Education Budget Bills Now Through House Committee

The Alabama House Education Budget Committee approved a record $9.3 billion 2025 spending plan. The proposal is very similar to the proposed budget Governor Kay Ivey sent lawmakers at the start of the session. Funding is split, with 68.2 percent for K-12 education and 25.6 percent for higher education. About

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April 15, 2024 Group Watch: Bill to Cap Property Value Increases Passes House

The House passed HB73 by a vote of 97-1 last week. The bill limits annual increases in the assessed value of property for tax purposes, capping the increase in assessed value for residential, commercial, farm and timber property at 7 percent as compared to the previous year. The caps would

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April 15, 2024 Group Watch: AL House Passes Bill Defining Sexes

On a 77-24 vote, the Alabama House passed a bill that defines man, woman, girl, boy, mother and father, and these definitions are based on reproductive systems, not gender identity. The legislation also states that “there are only two sexes.” Opponents say it “attacks” transgender rights, while proponents say it

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April 15, 2024 Group Watch: AL Senate Votes to Ban Vaping in Most Places

Legislation banning vaping inside public buildings made it through the Senate last week. The Alabama Clean Indoor Air Act already bans the smoking of cigarettes, pipes and other methods of tobacco-smoking from public buildings, including schools, police stations, city halls and courthouses. The current legislation expands the prohibition to include

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April 15, 2024 Group Watch: Montgomery Whitewater a Key Piece of Economic Development Plan

Commerce Secretary Ellen McNair joined a team from Innovate Alabama for a tour of Montgomery Whitewater, a world-class recreational facility that’s now hosting Olympic athletes. McNair, who is spearheading the creation of a new state economic development strategic plan, said outdoor recreation assets like Montgomery Whitewater can play an important

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April 15, 2024 Group Watch: AL Takes Top Auto Spot

Alabama has become the nation’s No. 1 auto-exporting state, with international vehicle shipments surging past $11.2 billion in 2023. The numbers put the state over long-time leader South Carolina. Alabama auto exports landed in 78 countries in 2023, with major trading partners Germany, China and Canada being the leading destinations.

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March 25, 2024 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

Differences between the House and the Senate on exactly how and how much gambling should be legalized in Alabama have put the brakes, at least temporarily, on gambling legislation introduced this session. Right now, the ball is in the House’s court, and representatives there say whether or not to pick up

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March 25, 2024 Group Watch: Tweet of the Week

@thebloomgroupMarch 24The top-secret ‘Ghost Army’ unit, which used inflatable tanks and costumes to fool Nazi Germany in WWII, was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal https://msn.com/en-us/news/world/the-top-secret-ghost-army-unit-which-used-inflatable-tanks-and-costumes-to-fool-nazi-germany-in-wwii-was-awarded-the-congressional-gold-medal/ar-BB1kkjWH?ocid=socialshare#image=BB1iMDY6|1

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March 25, 2024 Group Watch: Day-by-Day, Play-by-Play

Tuesday, 16th day:  Wednesday, a committee day: Thursday, 17th day: 

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