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March 13, 2023 Group Watch: Governor’s Regular & Special Sessions Priorities

Regular Session Special Session The Special Session is dedicated to allocating Alabama’s remaining ARPA funds. In her state of the State speech, Governor Ivey called for Alabama lawmakers to “invest these federal monies to overcome some of our biggest challenges while also paying off our debts,” The largest categories for the money are $339 million

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March 13, 2023 Group Watch: Day-by-Day, Play-by-Play

Last Thursday, the second day of the special session, the House General Fund budget committee approved the bills outlining the state’s plan to spend $1 billion in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act on a voice vote after a brief discussion. The committee’s action put the bills in line for a vote

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March 13, 2023 Group Watch: State Magnet School Proposal “Game Changer”

Another element of Governor Ivey’s state of the State address was her proposed establishment of a magnet high school for the state, the School of Healthcare Sciences to be located in Demopolis. Demopolis Mayor Woody Collins is excited about the concept and describes it as a game changer for the

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March 13, 2023 Group Watch: Senator Shelby Honored for Years of Service 

In a joint session of the Alabama Legislature last Thursday, now-retired Senator Richard Shelby was honored. Governor Kay Ivey, State Speaker of the House Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville), Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth, Senate Pro Tem Greg Reed (R-Jasper) and State Senator Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia Hills) spoke and praised Shelby for his tireless

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March 13, 2023 Group Watch: Gov. Ivey Issues “Red Tape” Executive Order

Last week, Governor Ivey issued an executive order designed to make government more efficient, more accountable and less burdensome to both businesses and individuals. The order directs every state agency to review current regulations and administrative rules and find ways to “cut red tape.” Read more here.

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March 13, 2023 Group Watch: Alabama-Australia Partnership

Alabama-based Cummings Aerospace announced its plans to team with an Australian company to develop defense technology solutions that would be produced and distributed in Australia. Cummings Aerospace, headquartered in Huntsville, was among six firms from Alabama that participated in a trade trip organized by the Alabama Department of Commerce. Cummings

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March 13, 2023 Group Watch: Alabama One of Multiple States Ready to Stop Time Changes

There is currently talk of the federal government doing away with the annual time shifts that most Americans are now used to. A bill to keep the nation on daylight savings time permanently passed the Senate in 2022. Ahead of the bill passing the House and making it to President Biden,

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March 13, 2023 Group Watch: DeSantis In Alabama Last Week

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis made a stop in Alabama last week as a guest of the Alabama Republican Party’s annual winter dinner. While he has yet to formally declare his intentions to run for president in 2024, his speech sounded a lot like a campaign stop. Read more here.

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

The next issue of Group Watch will provide you with details from the first week of the Alabama Legislatures 2023 regular session, which begins March 7, but bills are already being pre-filed and one hot-button issue some hope would be legislated — Medicaid expansion — has already been declared pretty much dead, at least

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February 2023 Group Watch: Tweet of the Week

@thbloomgroupFeb 20State health officer, mayors, school officials laud departing Jefferson County health officer Dr. Mark Wilson. https://twitter.com/thebloomgroup/status/1627814340551225345/photo/1

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