Guide to the Issues

Guide to the Issues are one to three page briefs giving an introduction to current issues faced by the State and Nation. If you would like to receive API’s GTIs and other publications as they are released, please subscribe.

Alabama State Government

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ABC Store Privatization Alabama’s 2015 State Budget Automatic Payroll Deductions for Politically Active Organizations Alabama Legislative Pay The Alabama Trust Fund Payback Home Rule in Alabama Independent Tax Tribunals for Alabama Public Education Employee Health Insurance Program (PEEHIP) Pension Liabilities Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA) Pension Reform State Budget Consolidation State Property Database Improvement State Sponsored Lobbyists in Alabama Strengthening Alabama’s PAC-to-PAC Transfer Law

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Alabama’s Handgun Laws and Constitutional Rights Consent Decrees The Fairness Doctrine Governmental Price Controls and the Free Market SCOTUS Ruling Impacts Alabama Immigration Reform Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder (Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act) Understanding the Difference Between Positive and Negative Rights United States v. Windsor and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

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Internet Gambling Prison Reforms Regulating Tribal Gambling Strengthening Alabama’s Gambling Laws

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Cap and Trade Domestic Oil Recovery Nuclear Energy Offshore Drilling The Gulf Coast Oil Spill and the RESTORE Act

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The Alabama Accountability Act Alabama’s Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (PACT) Program Bureaucracy Preserved: Funding Priorities for Birmingham City Schools Education in Alabama: Facts About Funding Education Options in Alabama: Public Charter Schools Education Options in Alabama: Tax Credit Scholarships Educator Liability Insurance Federalization of Education in Alabama Repealing the Anti-Religious Blaine Amendment in Alabama Teacher Tenure

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Abortion

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A Brief History of the Federal Debt Federal Budget – The Facts

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Alabama’s Medicaid Program and the PPACA An Assisted Living Option for Alabama Medicaid Beneficiaries The Costs and Benefits of Co-payments in Alabama’s Medicaid Program Medicaid in Alabama: Dollars and Sense Medicaid in Alabama: A Primer Certificate of Need (CON) Laws Health Insurance Exchanges Health Insurance Risk Pools Orienting Medicaid Toward Outcomes Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act and First Amendment Rights PPACA Birth Control Mandate & Religious Objections

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The Minimum Wage’s Effect on Employment

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Alternative Minimum Tax The Estate Tax The Flat Tax The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act