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May 29, 2023 Group Watch: Grocery Tax Cut Moves Ahead

A bill to cut Alabama’s sales tax on food moved closer to becoming law, winning approval in the Alabama House last week. The measure would cut the 4% tax to 3% on September 1 of this year. On September 1, 2025, the tax would drop to 2%. When fully implemented,

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May 29, 2023 Group Watch: VT MAE Adding 200 Workers At Mobile Facility

VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering Inc. plans to add 200 jobs as it equips its Mobile facility to convert and modify Airbus A320 family passenger jets as cargo aircraft, providing another boost to the region’s aerospace/aviation sector. VT MAE, located in the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley industrial complex, provides commercial aircraft

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May 23, 2023 Group Watch: School Choice Reform & Expansion Clears Senate

The Alabama Senate has passed a bill that would expand the Alabama Accountability Act, a 10-year-old law that allows parents to use scholarships funded by tax credits to send their children to private schools. The vote came after a four-and-a-half hour filibuster that ended when the Senate approved a petition

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May 29, 2023 Group Watch: Space and Rocket Center Marks Milestone 

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center, a global leader in STEM training for students, is blasting into the future with a new state-of-the-art facility that will provide next-level education opportunities. Governor Kay Ivey and Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield recently joined Space and Rocket Center officials and local leaders in Huntsville

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May 22, 2023 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

The House was successful in passing a bill seeking to restrict minors; access to digital pornographic content last week. The Protection of Minors from Unfiltered Devices Act, which requires makers of phones, tablets and other electronic devices to turn on filters that block porn when activated in the state, has been

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May 22, 2023 Group Watch: Tweet of the Week

@GovernorKayIveyMay 22Students, congratulations on the completion of another school year! I’m proud of your hard work in the classroom, but remember, summer is a time to break from school — not learning. That’s why I am inviting each of you to join me in my Summer Reading Challenge.

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May 22, 2023 Group Watch: Day-by-Day, Play-by-Play

On Tuesday (21st day of regular session):  On Wednesday (22nd day and a committee day): On Thursday (23rd day of of regular session):

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May 22, 2023 Group Watch: House Passes Protection of Minors from Unfiltered Devices Act

The Alabama House of Representatives has passed the Protection of Minors from Unfiltered Devices Act, which would require cellphone and tablet manufacturers to make their devices automatically block access to pornography when activated in Alabama. According to the bill’s sponsor, the intent is that manufacturers automatically turn on filters that

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May 22, 2023 Group Watch: Chinese Property Ban Bill Changed

On Wednesday, the Senate Agriculture, Forestry, and Conservation Committee rewrote and adopted a substitute version of a bill that would have banned Chinese citizens from buying property in Alabama, including those who live and work legally in the state, a proposal that drew opposition after passing the House. The substitute bill

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May 22, 2023 Group Watch: Alabama’s Suicide Hotline Bill Stalls

As suicide rates rise nationwide, a bill to fund the Alabama 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline hit a snag in a House committee. The hotline is not the topic of debate; the issue is the means by which the hotline would be funded. The House bill proposes a 98 cent tax

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