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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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September 2023 Group Watch: AL Schools Can Apply for Portion $179M Capital Grant Fund

Public K-12 schools can now apply for up to $5 million from the state-funded Alabama K-12 Capital Grant Program administered by Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth’s office. The fund was created by the legislature during the 2023 regular session and can be used to: The required matching grant can’t be more

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September 2023 Group Watch: Senator Garlan Gudger Honored as “Tourism Advocate of the Year”

State Senator Garlan Gudger (R-Cullman) was recently named Alabama Tourism Advocate of the Year at the 2023 Alabama Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Gudger, owner of Southern Accents Architectural Antiques, one of the top five architectural salvage businesses in the country, is currently vice chair of the state’s Fiscal Responsibility and

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September 2023 Group Watch: Another Medical Cannabis Lawsuit Filed

Verano Alabama, which was initially awarded a license to grow and sell medical marijuana before the commission voided the decision, filed suit against the state in Montgomery Circuit Court. In the suit, Verano argues the commission lacked the statutory authority to void decisions and seeks reinstatement of the original awards.

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September 2023 Group Watch: New Testing Standards Adopted for Alabama Third Graders

The Literacy Act, which became law in 2019, is focused on improving reading proficiency for K-3 students. One of its requirements is for third graders to demonstrate reading proficiency before entering the fourth grade. Last week, The Alabama State Board of Education voted to adopt a new testing standard for advancing

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