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June 5, 2023 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

The 2023 regular session of the Alabama Legislature is winding down, with tomorrow as its last day. Many of the bills passed in the last few months could be described with superlative terms, like biggest, record-setting and historic, including the state’s budgets and a new tax cut. In addition to these “big”

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June 5, 2023 Group Watch: Tweet of the Week

@GovernorKayIveyJune 2It was a pleasure to welcome @alboysstate delegates to Montgomery this morning! We live in the greatest country in the world. And I have no doubt these young men are up to the task to uphold that fact for generations to come. #alpolitics

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June 5, 2023 Group Watch: Day-by-Day, Play-by-Play

On Wednesday (28th day of of regular session): On Thursday (29th day of of regular session):

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June 5, 2023 Group Watch: Governor Ivey Signs Record-Setting State Budgets

Last week, Governor Kay Ivey signed the state’s largest-ever Education Trust Fund and General Fund budgets, as well as two supplemental spending bills. The budgets are set to govern for the fiscal year starting October 1. The education budget will channel $ 8.8 billion from the Education Trust Fund, marking

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June 5, 2023 Group Watch: Legislature Passes Largest Tax Cut in AL History

State lawmakers reached a final agreement on how to cut the grocery tax. As prices have risen across the country, Alabama’s 4-percent sales tax on food has remained the same, leaving families with the compounded expense – until now. Thanks to the state’s historic $3 billion budget surplus, legislators passed

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June 5, 2023 Group Watch: New Bill Strengthens Retail Theft Laws

The Retail Theft Crime Prevention Act passed by the Alabama legislature last week and headed to Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk will add teeth to existing retail theft laws and help Alabama prosecute retail crimes and punish the criminals. The bill outlines two new offenses: retail theft and organized retail theft.

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June 5, 2023 Group Watch: Anti-Vaping Bill Hits Opposition, Stalls in Senate

An anti-vaping bill with bi-partisan support also has stiff opposition, which led to it being carried over by the Senate on Thursday. The bill seeks to keep kids and teens from vaping by making vaping illegal for anyone under 21 and creating a state registry of those who sell vaping products to

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June 5, 2023 Group Watch: Legislature Passes Parental Rights Bill

A bill to ensure parents retain the right to raise their children unanimously passed the Senate after passing the House by an overwhelming majority. Representative Kenneth Pashal (R-Pelham), the bill’s House sponsor, called parental rights “natural rights that can’t be taken by government.” It now awaits Governor Ivey’s signature. Read more here.

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June 5, 2023 Group Watch: The Alabama Property Protection Act is Now Law

Governor Ivey has signed The Alabama Property Protection Act into law. It prohibits the governments of China, Iran, North Korea and Russia from purchasing certain property in the state, including property used for agriculture or forestry or property that is within 10 miles of military installations and other critical infrastructure,

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June 5, 2023 Group Watch: New AL Law Bans Transgender Women from Collegiate Female Sports

Governor Kay Ivey signed legislation that will ban transgender women from playing on female sports teams in college, making Alabama the latest state to place restrictions on transgender athletes. She says the law is about “fairness,” and the legislation expands the state’s existing 2021 ban on transgender athletes on K-12

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