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Literacy Act requirement delay advances, needs one more vote
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Literacy Act requirement delay advances, needs one more vote

Senate Bill 92 from Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, was approved in the House Education Policy Committee Tuesday morning on a voice vote. Committee chair Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, one of the original sponsors of the 2019 Literacy Act that requires the holdback, was a “no” vote.

Bill puts into law unemployment benefit fraud protections
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Bill puts into law unemployment benefit fraud protections

Labor says fraud cases are up since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The department has received about 25,000 to 30,000 fraud reports since opening a reporting portal last July, spokeswoman Tara Hutchison told Alabama Daily News. But that doesn’t mean all those reports will be determined to be fraud, she said.

Legislative briefs – Tuesday, April 20
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Legislative briefs – Tuesday, April 20

By CAROLINE BECK and MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Legislature met for the 24th day of its 30-day regular session Tuesday. Here are the highlights of what happened at the State House. Bill ensuring hospital, nursing home visitation rights goes to governor A bill requiring hospitals and nursing homes to...

What’s on tap – April 20, 2021
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What’s on tap – April 20, 2021

Welcome to the 24th legislative day of the 2021 Regular Session. Counting today, we have seven legislative days left before lawmakers reach their 30-day limit set by the constitution.

Alabama’s unemployment drops to 3.8%
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Alabama’s unemployment drops to 3.8%

March’s rate represents 84,670 unemployed people, compared to 91,041 in February and 57,895 in March 2020. Alabama is comfortably below the national average of 6%, the Alabama Department of Labor said this morning.