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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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February 19, 2024 Group Watch: AL Grocery Tax Likely to Remain Unchanged This Year

Growth in the Education Trust Fund missed the target that would trigger a 1 percent reduction in the state tax rate on groceries, meaning Alabamians will have to wait at least another year for a further reduction. A Legislative Services Agency official reported last week that revenues to the Education

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February 19, 2024 Group Watch: Bill to Un-Tax Maternal and Feminine Hygiene Products Approved in Committee

The Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee unanimously approved a bill that would take state sales and use taxes off certain maternity and feminine hygiene products. AB 62 by Senator Arthur Orr of Decatur would remove state sales taxes from baby formula, baby bottles, baby wipes, breast milk pumping equipment,

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February 19, Group Watch: AL Senate Approves Bill Allowing Removals of Library Board Members

Last week, the Alabama Senate passed legislation allowing local city councils and county commissions to remove members of their local library boards. According to the bill’s sponsor, once board members are appointed, the current law does not expressly allow for their removal by the appointing authority. The full Senate tabled

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February 13, 2024 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

The Alabama Legislature returned to Montgomery last Tuesday, and the 2024 regular session began. Both chambers convened in the historic old House chamber on Tuesday evening for Governor Kay Ivey’s State of the State address, where she declared the state “strong and prepared to move forward.” Ivey outlined her agenda for this session and touted

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February 13, 2024 Group Watch: Tweet of the Week

@GovernorKayIveyFeb 9One of our greatest needs is within our healthcare workforce, especially in Rural Alabama. Last year, I introduced The Alabama School of Healthcare Sciences. I thank Sen. Singleton and Rep. Almond for their support — read their OpEd below: #alpolitics

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February 13, 2024 Group Watch: Day-by-Day, Play-by-Play

Tuesday, 1st day: Governor’s Session Agenda (delivered in her State of the State speech): Wednesday, 2nd day and a committee day: Thursday, 3rd day: 

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