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  • May 7, 2021

    With time running out on the 2021 regular session, all eyes were on the House of Representatives this week. After a day and a half of floor debate and multiple amendments, a bipartisan House voted 68-34 to pass SB46 authorizing medical marijuana in the state.

  • April 30, 2021

    The state’s two major operating budgets made major progress this week, starting with the House’s passage Tuesday of a $7.67 billion Education Trust Fund budget for the upcoming year, representing a $455 million increase above the current year. It provides a 2% raise for education employees from K-12 to two-year colleges and invests in a new incentive pay program to bolster math and science in K-12. The Senate concurred with House changes Thursday, sending the budget to the governor.

  • April 2, 2021

    On March 31, 60 Congressional Representatives signed on to a letter, led by Representative Lloyd Smucker, requesting IRS Commissioner Rettig extend the federal tax filing deadline for first quarter estimated tax payments to May 17, 2021.

  • April 1, 2021

    Today, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Bureau of the Fiscal Service announced they are disbursing several million more payments in the third batch of Economic Impact Payments from the American Rescue Plan. This brings the total disbursed so far to more than 130 million payments worth approximately $335 billion.

  • March 11, 2021

    The American Rescue Plan Act provides additional relief for the nation’s small businesses and hard-hit industries for programs the SBA is currently administering and adds new efforts.

  • March 10, 2021

    The House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan Act, H.R. 1319, on Wednesday by a vote of 220–211. It now goes to President Joe Biden for his signature. He is expected to sign it quickly.

  • March 5, 2021

    This week the Senate passed a sweeping, multi-pronged proposal from Sen. Del Marsh (R-Anniston) to expand broadband access in Alabama. As it passed the Senate, SB215 creates a new state agency to oversee expansion and award grants, an advisory board to guide the effort, a research alliance of higher education and a finance corporation, authorized to issue up to $250 million in bonds annually.

  • February 26, 2021

    Legislators made steady, business-like progress throughout the week, and while medical marijuana and looming gambling issues have been reliable--and disruptive--hot-button issues in the years past, they did not disrupt the flow of work.

  • February 22, 2021

    The administration of President Joe Biden announced Monday that it would institute a two-week period starting Wednesday during which only businesses with fewer than 20 employees will be able to apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.

  • February 19, 2021

    The Alabama Legislature began the annual session at a fast clip, and legislators are expected to maintain their momentum when they return to Montgomery on Tuesday, February 23, after a one-week recess. Two 3-day work weeks are anticipated for the end of February and beginning of March, followed by two normal (2-day) work weeks and then a week-long recess for the last full week of March.