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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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March 4, 2024 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

Legislators returned to session last Tuesday to news of an explosive device found and detonated (by authorities)  at the Alabama Attorney General’s office over the weekend. No one was hurt, and the matter is now under investigation, so stay tuned. Despite the incident, the legislature quickly got to work to ensure couples

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March 4, 2024 Group Watch: Tweet of the Week

@thebloomgroupMarch 3Thank you Governor Ivey and thank you Better Basics for advancing children’s literacy in Alabama.

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March 4, 2024 Group Watch: Day-by-Day, Play-by-Play

Tuesday, 10th day:  Wednesday, 11th day and a committee day: Thursday, 12th day: 

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March 4, 2024 Group Watch: AL GOP Lawmakers Advance Solution to Protect IVF

State lawmakers from both parties introduced bills last week with the goal of protecting in vitro fertilization (IVF) providers from legal liabilities following a February 23 ruling by the state Supreme Court. State Senators Tim Melson and Larry Stutts, two north Alabama doctors who serve over the Senate Healthcare Committee,

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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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