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May 8, 2023 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

Last week saw more bi-partisan agreement in the Alabama House of Representatives, with two bills passing that chamber unanimously. One targets the sale of products containing Delta-8; the other piece of legislation protects overtime pay from state income taxation. The Senate got down to business too, passing the $8.8 billion education budget,

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May 8, 2023 Group Watch: Tweet of the Week

@AL_LeagueMay 5Members of the League attended @GovernorKayIvey’s Proclamation Hour Ceremony yesterday. We’re so thankful she declared May 7-13, as Municipal Government Week in AL! Please join us in recognizing the tremendous work of our local government workers & elected officials. #alpolitics

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May 8, 2023 Group Watch: Day-by-Day, Play-by-Play

On Tuesday (16th day of regular session):  On Wednesday (17th day of regular session and a committee day): On Thursday (18th day of of regular session):

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May 8, 2023 Group Watch: Senate Passes Education Trust Fund Budget

The Alabama Senate approved an $8.8 billion education trust fund budget. The budget provides for a 2% pay raise for education employees, a $2.8 billion surplus and gives the go-ahead for a one-time $100 direct rebate to taxpayers. Highlights of the 2024 education budget and supplemental budget:

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May 8, 2023 Group Watch: House Passes Bill Restricting Delta-8 Products

Last week, on a 105-0 vote, the Alabama House passed a bill to make it a crime to sell products containing delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a chemical derived from hemp, to people younger than 21. Delta-8 products are currently available in stores and online and include gummies, vapes, candy, cookies and

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May 8, 2023 Group Watch: Senate Takes Steps Toward a New State House

With the decades-old State House in need of multiple repairs, the construction of a new facility for the Alabama Legislature has been being explored since last fall. Last week, the Senate unanimously approved a bill to give the legislature control over the property directly behind the State House, which is currently

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May 8, 2023 Group Watch: Bill to Ban Chinese Drones Introduced

State Rep. James Lomax of Huntsville introduced a bill to ban state agencies and governmental bodies from buying Chinese-made drones and unmanned aircraft if the producer of the technology is registered on the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Under Lomax’s

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May 8, 2023 Group Watch: AL Lawmakers Putting the Brakes on Street Racing

The Alabama Senate gave final approval to a bill intended to crack down on street racing and other dangerous exhibition driving, legislation that comes in response to incidents resulting in injuries and deaths. The bill sets up criminal penalties for drivers who take part in speed contests or perform burnouts,

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May 8, 2023 Group Watch: AL House Passes Bill to Protect Overtime Pay from State Income Tax

The Alabama House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bill to exempt overtime pay from the state income tax, an idea lawmakers praised as innovative. The bill’s sponsor said it would help employees by allowing them to keep more of what they earn. The bill says earnings received by a

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May 8, 2023 Group Watch: Tuskegee University, Alabama Exporters Earn Awards

Governor Kay Ivey recognized six Alabama companies with 2023 Governor’s Trade Excellence Awards for success in selling their goods and services in markets across the globe, helping to sustain robust export activities that create jobs and spark economic growth across the state. She also recognized Tuskegee University, presenting the institution with a Governor’s

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