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February 13, 2024 Group Watch: Gambling Bills Introduced in the House

The issue of gambling is back in the Alabama Legislature, and last week, two bills were introduced in the House to legalize a lottery, sports betting, casinos and create an Alabama Gaming Commission to regulate it all. Governor Ivey believes Alabamians should have their say via a statewide vote, but

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February 13, 2024 Group Watch: AL School Of Healthcare Sciences Foundation Receives Funding 

The Alabama School of Healthcare Sciences Foundation, in partnership with the Alabama Department of Education and Whitfield Regional Hospital, has received a $26.4 million investment from Bloomberg Philanthropies to help fund the proposed Alabama School of Healthcare Sciences. The funding is contingent on approval of the school by the Alabama

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February 13, 2024 Group Watch: Firm Acquires North Alabama Industrial Facility

AE Industrial Partners (AEI), a private equity firm specializing in aerospace, national security and industrial services, announced that its affiliate Rocket Shoals LLC has acquired a sprawling industrial facility in Colbert County with plans to redevelop it as an “aerospace center of excellence.” The facility is on 638 acres and

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February 24, 2024 Group Watch: AL Workforce Competitiveness has “Transformative” New Plan

A commission tasked with crafting a path to modernize Alabama’s workforce competitiveness has released what it calls a “landmark plan.” The 21st Century Work Force Commission, created by the Alabama legislature in 2019 and led by Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth, is pushing to grow the state’s economic recruitment abilities, labor force

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February 13, 2024 Group Watch: Manufacture Alabama Elects New Members to Board of Directors

Manufacture Alabama represents hundreds of companies, from the most recognized international corporations to small, family-owned operations, all integral to the economy in Alabama and across the globe. The group announced the election of two members to its board of directors, including Donna Jackson from International Paper and Craig Savage from

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February 13, 2024 Group Watch: AL Senate Committee Oks Bill Allowing Local Removals of Library Board Members

Last Wednesday, an Alabama Senate Committee approved a bill that would allow local governments to remove library board members from their positions. The Senate County and Municipal Government Committee approved the measure, sponsored by Senator Chris Elliot, on a 7-3 party line vote after Democrats on the committee said they

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January 2024 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

The Alabama Legislature is gearing up for its 2024 regular session, which convenes on February 6. House Speaker Nathan Ledbetter has shared his thoughts on the issues and topics that should take priority for the law-making body. State budgets will for sure be on the agenda, and further decreasing the

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January 2024 Group Watch: Tweet of the Month

@thebloomgroupJan 18Proposed Demopolis health care high school gets $26.4 million pledge.

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January 2024 Group Watch: House Speaker Nathaniel Ledbetter Outlines 2024 Priorities

Alabama House Speaker Nathan Ledbetter stressed that issues preventing Alabamians from working and ways to improve workforce participation should take center stage during the legislative session, noting the need to “think outside of the box” for solutions. At a Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce event, Leadbetter said he wants to

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January 2024 Group Watch: Sources Say Lottery and Gambling Bill Will Come Up this Session

While it remains in flux as details are hammered out, according to Representative Andy Whitt (R-Harvest), a lottery and gambling bill will come before and be debated in the House this session. Whitt is likely to be one of its sponsors, and he noted that this time around, bill sponsors and supporters are

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