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Tim James running for Alabama governor
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Tim James running for Alabama governor

James told Alabama Daily News he plans to formally kickoff his campaign next month, but he’s already visiting parts of the state with some campaign help, including former Alabama GOP Chairman Bill Armistead, and will be in the Shoals Tuesday and Wednesday.

State leaders: Focused plan needed for ARPA money allocations
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State leaders: Focused plan needed for ARPA money allocations

Alabama leaders have a rare chance to use federal money to make significant improvements to the state’s broadband networks and other infrastructure systems, but leaders need to plan carefully for its spending in order to stay competitive with states that have the same opportunities, Alabama Finance Director Bill Poole told a panel of lawmakers Thursday.

‘Drive Electric Alabama’ campaign promotes EVs
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‘Drive Electric Alabama’ campaign promotes EVs

There are more 5,000 electric vehicles currently registered to Alabamians. Just a few years ago there were less than 2,000, Alabama Daily News previously reported.  Growing use has increased the demand for EV charging infrastructure and ADECA is developing a statewide infrastructure plan.

Bill would keep GOMESA funds in Baldwin, Mobile counties
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Bill would keep GOMESA funds in Baldwin, Mobile counties

The 2006 law created a revenue-sharing model for oil- and gas-producing gulf states. Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas receive a portion of the revenue generated from oil and gas production offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Spend now or later? What will happen with remaining ARPA funds?
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Spend now or later? What will happen with remaining ARPA funds?

Alabama lawmakers, particularly those on the General Fund budget committees, will have a larger task in the legislative session that begins in January. But it’s still unclear how much of the remaining about $1.6 billion American Rescue Plan Act will be allocated in the Legislature’s spring meeting.

Authority: $40.8M in emergency rental assistance has reached Alabamians
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Authority: $40.8M in emergency rental assistance has reached Alabamians

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News About $17.5 million in federal emergency rental assistance reached Alabamians in jeopardy of losing their homes in October after a dip in distributions from August to September. Through October, a total of $40.8 million from a possible $263 million in pandemic help made available earlier this year has been...

Nearing final passage, Legislature tweaking anti-vaccine mandate bills
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Nearing final passage, Legislature tweaking anti-vaccine mandate bills

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama House of Representatives on Thursday passed two COVID-19 vaccine-related bills, one aimed at pushing back against federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Senate Bill 9 would allow employees to claim religious or medical exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine through a standardized form given to employers. Senate...