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May 15, 2023 Group Watch: House-Passed Bill Advances Plans for New State House

The Alabama House passed a Senate-passed bill concerning the construction of a new State house 88-9 with minor changes. The bill gives control of state-owned property that is now a parking lot behind the State House to the Legislative Council, a panel of 20 legislators. It gives the Legislative Council the

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May 15, 2023 Group Watch: House-Passed Bill Expands Optometrists Scope of Practice

For years, optometrists and ophthalmologists have been battling over which procedures optometrists should be allowed to perform in Alabama. A bill passed last week in the House on an 83-6 vote would allow optometrists to do additional procedures. Bill supporters note this is about increasing access to eye healthcare, as

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May 15, 2023 Group Watch: Senate Bill Requires Timely Response to Open Records Requests

The Alabama Senate passed a bill to put time requirements in the state’s open records law, which requires state, city and county agencies, as well as school boards, to give people access to government records and documents. Alabama’s open records law says people have the right to view and obtain

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May 15, 2023 Group Watch: Alabama Strengthens Claim to Be Most Military Friendly State

When Governor Kay Ivey signed House Bill 210 into law last Monday, the state added to its long list of polices that are welcoming to members of the military and their families. The bill addresses Mandatory Liability Insurance (MLI) for Alabamians serving in the military and was widely supported in the

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May 15, 2023 Group Watch: Bill to Change AHSAA Rules Gets Sidelined

State lawmakers held a hearing on bills that would affect the Alabama High School Athletic Association and student eligibility for high school sports but decided to stay out of those issues for now. The sponsor of the bills said he has heard from people all over the state with concerns

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May 15, 2023 Group Watch: Gov. Ivey Joins GOP to Protect Girls’ & Women’s Sports

 Governor Kay Ivey has joined Republican governors around the country in pushing back against new Title IX rules. The changes expand the meaning of sexual discrimination to include gender identity, which would prevent schools and colleges from protecting girl’s and women sports. The 25 members of the Republican Governor’s Association,

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May 15, 2023 Group Watch: Mobile Area Enjoying Economic Growth

Two companies are launching growth projects in the Mobile area, bringing a combined $98 million in new capital investment and almost 240 jobs, according to the Mobile Chamber of Commerce. Georgia-based Chart Industries plans to invest $73.7 million in a second production site in Mobile County to increase manufacturing capacity

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May 15, 2023 Group Watch: Unique Partnership Enables Broadband in Macon County

Many businesses and homes in Macon County now have the capability of connecting to a next-generation fiber broadband network, thanks to a partnership that pools state grants, private investment and philanthropic funding. According to the Macon County Economic Development Authority, the project represents an opportunity to drive long-term economic growth

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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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