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2014 Legislative Session Recap

Christie Strategy Group enjoyed a successful session this year. Despite the shortened and hurried legislative schedule, CSG was able to garner several legislative victories for its clients.

Sales Tax Exemption for Private Schools – HB 129 by Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin (R – Indian Springs):

In 1959, the Alabama Legislature enacted a sales and use tax exemption with respect to purchases of tangible personal property by private schools.  Over 500 private schools in the state have claimed this exemption… Continue reading

Qualifying Candidates for 2014 Elections

In 2010, after 136 years of a Democrat majority, Republicans took over both chambers of the Alabama legislature with a supermajority. Every statewide office is also currently held by Republicans.

Many groups and individuals are seeking to change the political landscape.

Qualifying for the 2014 elections ended on Friday, February 7, 2014. Below is a link to a matrix of those who qualified.

It will be interesting to see if the 2014 elections will bring about change or constitute a… Continue reading

Christie Strategy Group Proudly Announces Three New Clients

Companies from all over the United States and world have joined forces with Christie Strategy Group, recognizing CSG as a leader in governmental affairs in Alabama.

The Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation (AMIC)  joined CSG in August of 2013. AMIC is a not for profit mutual insurance company established by local government entities. These local government employers use AMIC to manage their liability, property, and other insurance and loss related obligations.

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccine division of Sanofi, is a… Continue reading

Governor Bentley Signs Utility Worker Safety Bill

Governor Bentley signed SB 66 by Sen. Greg Reed (R – Jasper), which offers further protection to utility workers while in the field.

Members of the Alabama Cable Telecommunications Association (ACTA), a client of Christie Strategy Group, were in attendance at the signing. During the legislative session, ACTA worked to include language in the bill to ensure that cable workers were covered under the legislation.

SB 66 strengthens existing law, amending it to include threatening a utility worker with a… Continue reading

Governor Bentley Signs Bill to Build Lodge and Conference Center at Gulf State Park

Governor Bentley signed SB 231 by Sen. Trip Pittman (R – Montrose), which sets up a framework for the state to develop a lodge and conference center at Gulf State Park. He held the press conference and bill signing on the site of the old Gulf State Park Resort that was destroyed in 2004 by Hurricane Ivan.

Christie Strategy Group client, Gulf United Metro Business Organization (GUMBO), played a vital role in the passage of the bill. The development of… Continue reading

Governor Bentley Announces $100 million in Oil Spill Restoration Money

Wednesday, May 1 2013, Governor Robert Bentley announced that the state of Alabama would receive $100 million in early restoration money related to the 2010 BP oil spill.

$85 million of the money will go towards improvements at Gulf State Park, including the construction of a lodge and conference center.

The construction of a lodge and conference center at Gulf State Park has been a top legislative priority for Gulf United Metro Business Organization (GUMBO) since its inception a decade… Continue reading

ARA 2012 Annual Meeting

The Alabama Railway Association held its 2012 annual meeting at The Grand Hotel in Point Clear, AL Sept. 30 – Oct. 2. There were approximately 70 people in attendance, including representatives from Class I railroads, short lines, and railroad suppliers, vendors, and industry partners.

The participants heard from Lee Lawson, President/CEO of the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, Rick Cowan of GoRail, Scott Overby of ALDOT, Sen. Phil Williams, Rep. Jack Williams, and Rep. Mac McCutcheon.

The ALDOT Rail Division… Continue reading

Christie Strategy Group Moves Into New Office Space

After approximately 17 years in the same office, Christie Strategy Group has moved into a new office space.

CSG is now housed in the RSA Dexter building, which is part of the old historic Judicial Building on Dexter Avenue. The office space provides views of the Capitol building and historic Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, which is where Martin Luther King, Jr. pastored from 1954 – 1960.

The new address for CSG is 445 Dexter Avenue, Suite 4025 Montgomery,… Continue reading

Alabama Railway Association Retains Christie Strategy Group

The Alabama Railway Association has retained Christie Strategy Group as the Association’s new lobbyists and Executive Director.

Martin Christie, the Principal at Christie Strategy Group, will serve as ARA’s lobbyist with assistance from Maeci Martin, who will serve as ARA’s Executive Director.

Matt Prince, President of ARA, said “Christie Strategy Group will be a tremendous asset to aid our Association into the future.”

Christie Strategy Group is excited about the partnership with ARA.

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2012 Legislative Session Recap

Christie Strategy Group Experiences Great Success During 2012 Legislative Session

The 2012 legislative session was extremely successful for Christie Strategy Group. The following is a list of accomplishments:

Tourism Incentives Act – HB 599 by Rep. Rod Scott (D – Fairfield):

This tourism incentives bill will help create jobs and stimulate economic activity in Alabama by giving economic developers and tourism officials in our state the proper tools to compete against other states to attract large tourism destination projects to… Continue reading

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Legislative Report


February 16, 2018


General Fund Budget Approved by Committee

The General Fund passed out of committee on Wednesday, sending forward a $2 billion budget that would be the largest in a decade. This year, growth in Internet sales taxes, estimated at approximately $40 million, and roughly $92 million in carry-forward money from last year’s budget gave legislators some breathing room.


The Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee approved the bill sponsored by Chairman of the committee Sen. Trip Pittman (R – Montrose) after going line-by-line through the changes in the substituted version of the budget. Sen. Pittman said the version approved by the committee was similar to the Governor’s budget, which called for a substantial increase in certain state departments.


ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:

  • House Approves “Stand Your Ground” Law for Churches
  • Largest Education Trust Fund Budget Since Recession Approved by House
  • Upcoming Legislative Schedule


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