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March 25, 2024 Group Watch: Gambling Legislation Stalled

Senator Greg Albritton, a longtime proponent of legalizing gambling, says the gambling package he carried in his chamber remains in the House basket, meaning the chamber has not taken action on changes made by the Senate. The House and Senate are sharply divided over the legislation, particularly over how much

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March 25, 2024 Group Watch: Senators Britt & Tuberville Protect AL Farmers

Senators Katie Britt and Tommy Tuberville are working hard to protect the state’s farm-raised catfish industry, playing a key role in the U.S. Department of Commerce reversing a preliminary decision that would have slashed antidumping duties on imported catfish from companies controlled by the Vietnamese government. Britt called the reversal a victory

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March 25, 2024 Group Watch: AL Gets Good Workforce Readiness News

According to the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA), the number and percentage of Alabama public high school seniors who are workforce-ready has continued to rise since the pandemic. PARCA analyzed the results of the WorkKeys Assessment, a test given to high school seniors to gauge the skills they

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March 25, 2024 Group Watch: Legislature Sends “Scout’s Honor” Bill to Governor

With a unanimous (100-0) vote, the Alabama House of Representatives gave final approval to a Senate-passed bill that would allow Alabamians who suffered sexual abuse while in the Boy Scouts of America to press claims against the organization by lifting the state’s statute of limitations for civil claims on sexual

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March 11, 2024 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

A recent Alabama Supreme Court ruling that was negatively impacting access to IVF services in the state resulted in an uproar around Alabama (and the country) and made multiple national news broadcasts and headlines. Last week, Governor Ivey signed into law legislation to protect IVF in the state; the bill enjoyed almost unanimous support in

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March 11, 2024 Group Watch: Day-by-Day, Play-by-Play

Tuesday, 13th day:  Wednesday, 14th day and a committee day: Thursday, 15th day: 

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March 11, 2024 Group Watch: Gambling Legislation Changed, but Passed

After the Senate Tourism Committee approved a scaled-back version of gambling legislation earlier in the week, the full Senate passed a two-bill proposal for a lottery and state-regulated gambling on Thursday, after about eight hours of debate. The vote was 22-11 on the first bill, a proposed constitutional amendment, which requires 21

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March 11, 2024 Group Watch: School Choice Bill Signed into Law, Expanding AL Educational Freedom

Governor Kay Ivey’s signature on school choice legislation (penned last Thursday morning) has placed Alabama at the forefront of states in expanding educational freedom in 2024. The law authorized the creation of Education Savings Accounts (ESAs), and puts Alabama in the company of 14 other states that offer comprehensive choice

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March 11, 2024 Group Watch: AL Lawmakers & Governor Protect IVF in State

Governor Ivey signed into law the bill to protect Alabama IVF services after Alabama lawmakers gave final passage last Wednesday night to a bill that gives legal protection to in vitro fertilization clinics. The legislation came in response to a state Supreme Court ruling that resulted in a pause of services.

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March 11, 2024 Group Watch: Property Tax Cap Bill Advances:

A bill to cap annual property tax increases was approved by an Alabama House committee last week, but changes are expected when it is debated on the House floor. The bill would limit annual tax hikes by capping increases on annual assessments of property. There is currently no cap on

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