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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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January 2024 Group Watch: Alabama National Guard’s New Leader On the Job

In a ceremony at the Alabama National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, Brigadier General David K. Pritchett officially assumed command of the Alabama National Guard. Pritchett was promoted after the retirement of former Adjutant General Major Sheryl E. Gordon, the first woman to ever hold the position. An Alabama native, Pritchett

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January 2024 Group Watch: State Ed Superintendent Calls for “Guardrails” on Any Voucher Bills

Legislation to offer parents and students broader school options , including the use of vouchers, is likely to come up during the 2024 session, according to Republican leaders and Governor Ivey. In response, State Superintendent of Education Eric Mackey has called for certain parameters and “guardrails” to be put in place,

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January 2024 Group Watch: Gov. Ivey Stands Up to Union

With The United Automotive Workers union ramping up efforts to gain power among non-union automakers, including those in Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey recently penned a op-ed noting the state’s track record of success and position as a worldwide leader in automotive manufacturing while making her thoughts on the union matter

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January 2024 Group Watch: Education Revenues Remain Flat

State tax revenue into the Education Trust Fund continue to be down slightly in fiscal year 2024, as state budget leaders prepare for the legislative session just one month away. Lawmakers will learn next month if receipts are expected to rally enough in 2025 to drop another penny from the

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January 2024 Group Watch: Primordial Ventures Building Manufacturing Facility in Birmingham

Alabama Commerce Secretary Ellen McNair announced that startup Primordial Ventures plans to launch a manufacturing operation in Birmingham to produce high-quality medical supplies and ensure a dependable domestic production pipeline for these goods. The company, a veteran and minority-owned company, plans to create 30 jobs at the Alabama production facility over

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January 2024 Group Watch: Brasfield & Gorrie Investing in/Growing in Birmingham

Brasfield & Gorrie, one of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms, will invest $18.9 million to expand its national headquarters in Birmingham, choosing to grow in its hometown over other major markets where it operates. The expansion project adds a 28,500-square-foot, three-story building on its campus on the southside

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January 2024 Group Watch: Special Election Update

A special election was held for House District 16, which covers parts of Jefferson and Tuscaloosa counties. This vacancy occurred with the resignation of previous incumbent Kyle South to become CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. Republican Bryan Brinyark won, capturing 83.36 percent of the vote. Senate

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January 2024 Group Watch: VOICES for Alabama’s Children Sets 2024 Priorities

VOICES for Alabama’s children speaks for the well being of Alabama’s children through research, public awareness and advocacy. VOICES developed its 2024 policy agenda using a series of guiding principles that reflect the group’s vision for the welfare of all children in Alabama. The policy agenda includes:

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