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March 4, 2024 Group Watch: AL House Passes School Choice Bill

The Alabama House passed the CHOOSE ACT, making education savings accounts, or ESAs, one step closer to reality. Lawmakers discussed the bill for four hours before voting 69-34 to approve it. Six Republicans joined the chamber’s 28 Democrats in voting no. The bill would provide eligible families $7,000 in state

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March 4, 2024 Group Watch: Industrial Development Sites Get Grant Money Boost 

The State Industrial Development Authority (SIDA) has approved more than $30 million in grants under the new Site Evaluation and Economic Development Strategy Act (SEEDS) to speed the development of much-needed industry-ready sites across the state. A total of $30.1 million in SEEDS funding will be matched with $38.4 million

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March 4, 2024 Group Watch: Senate Bill Could Keep Birmingham Southern College Afloat

An Alabama Senate committee approved a bill that would extend a loan to Birmingham Southern College in the hopes of keeping the liberal arts college open. The bill sponsored by Senator Jabo Waggoner, revises language in a law passed last year that created the Distressed Institutions of Higher Education Revolving

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March 4, 2024 Group Watch: Gov Ivey Appoints Bill Lewis to AL Court of Civil Appeals

Governor Kay Ivey announced the appointment of Judge Bill Lewis to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals. Lewis will fill the vacancy left by long-time Judge William Thompson, who retired February 1, 2024, after serving on the Court of Civil Appeals for 27 years, including as its Presiding Judge for

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February 19, 2024 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

Several key issues hit the ground running last week in the legislature, with topics including legalized gambling, school choice and voting interference tactics like ballot harvesting sailing through the Senate, House and committees.  Taxes were on the agenda, too. A bill to eliminate taxes on certain maternal and feminine hygiene products

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February 19, 2024 Group Watch: Tweet of the Week

@MarySellQuillenFeb 16Proposal would ‘eliminate barriers to employment’ for 14, 15 year olds  #alpolitics

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February 19, 2024 Group Watch: Day-by-Day, Play-by-Play

Tuesday, 4th day:  Wednesday, 5th day and a committee day: Thursday, 6th day: 

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February 19, 2024 Group Watch: Gambling Bills Approved by House

Bills proposing a constitutional amendment to allow gambling and a second bill to form a regulatory body to oversee gaming in Alabama were approved by the House last week. The bill to allow a statewide vote on an amendment that will legalize sports betting, a lottery and casinos passed with

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February 19, 2024 Group Watch: School Choice Bill Making Progress

Governor Ivey named expanding school choice a top priority for this session, and a Senate bill, entitled The CHOOSE Act, to do just that is currently being revised to address concerns about the level of state funding before a committee vote. The CHOOSE Act is intended to bring the range of

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February 19, 2024 Group Watch: Bill to Protect Elections Passes Senate

SB1, sponsored by Senator Garlan Gudger (R-Cullman), passed the Senate last week; the bill criminalizes ballot harvesting in effort to prevent voter fraud. If it becomes law, anyone who receives payment to help an Alabama voter fill out an absentee ballot could face up to 20 years in jail. It

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