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September 2023 Group Watch: AL Schools Can Apply for Portion $179M Capital Grant Fund

Public K-12 schools can now apply for up to $5 million from the state-funded Alabama K-12 Capital Grant Program administered by Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth’s office. The fund was created by the legislature during the 2023 regular session and can be used to: The required matching grant can’t be more

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September 2023 Group Watch: Senator Garlan Gudger Honored as “Tourism Advocate of the Year”

State Senator Garlan Gudger (R-Cullman) was recently named Alabama Tourism Advocate of the Year at the 2023 Alabama Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Gudger, owner of Southern Accents Architectural Antiques, one of the top five architectural salvage businesses in the country, is currently vice chair of the state’s Fiscal Responsibility and

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September 2023 Group Watch: Another Medical Cannabis Lawsuit Filed

Verano Alabama, which was initially awarded a license to grow and sell medical marijuana before the commission voided the decision, filed suit against the state in Montgomery Circuit Court. In the suit, Verano argues the commission lacked the statutory authority to void decisions and seeks reinstatement of the original awards.

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September 2023 Group Watch: New Testing Standards Adopted for Alabama Third Graders

The Literacy Act, which became law in 2019, is focused on improving reading proficiency for K-3 students. One of its requirements is for third graders to demonstrate reading proficiency before entering the fourth grade. Last week, The Alabama State Board of Education voted to adopt a new testing standard for advancing

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September 2023 Group Watch: Department of Ed Discusses Need for Increased Reading Funding

On the heels of new standards related to The Literacy Act and the loss of federal emergency relief funds, The Alabama State Department of Education recently discussed asking the Alabama Legislature for additional funding in the coming year to support students above third grade who need help with reading. Read more here.

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September 2023 Group Watch: Bill To Require National Anthem in Schools Filed

A bill requiring Alabama’s K-12 public schools to play or allow for a performance of the National Anthem at least once a week has been filed for the 2024 session of the Alabama Legislature by Senator Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa). Read more here.  

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August 2023 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

August 2023 As summer draws to a close, economic initiatives in Alabama are still heating up, with funding flowing from both the federal and state level to multiple projects, including expanded high-speed internet access, the installation of more electric car charging stations and support for military functions and families across Alabama.

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August 2023 Group Watch: Tweet of the Month

@AL_LeagueAug 16This afternoon,@RepJerryCarl shared a federal update with League members and special guests at our second congressional luncheon. We appreciate Rep. Carl for taking the time to meet with our local leaders. #alpolitics

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August 2023 Group Watch: “Be Linked Alabama” is Bringing Broadband to More Alabamians

Alabama currently ranks 24th in the country for states with the best and worst internet. But Governor Kay Ivey and the Department of Economic and Community Affairs are working to improve that ranking, announcing more than $400 million in federal funding and $1.4 billion from the U.S. Department of Commerce Broadband

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August 2023 Group Watch: Alabama Funds More EV Charging Stations 

Governor Kay Ivey has awarded grants of more than $1.2 million to get the state ready as more electric vehicles are purchased and travel Alabama highways. Funds for the projects came from appropriations under the state Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Program. The grants target well-traveled highway systems away from the

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