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6/29/2017 Sen. Tom Whatley talks bills, special session

by Brian Woodham
Auburn Villager

The passage of two bills he sponsored in the most recent regular session stands out for state Sen. Tom Whatley, who represents Senate District 27, which includes Lee County.

He said he was proud of an autism insurance reform bill that requires insurers to cover autism therapies, such as Applied Behavior Anaysis therapy, or ABA. Alabama was one of five states that did not require coverage for such therapies before the bill's passage.

"This ABA therapy will allow the child to come out and interact with the parents in ways they haven’t before," said Whatley, who added that providing the therapy would benefit not only the child but society as a whole. "This puts the child possibly in the workforce, making sure they can interact with their parents and have a good life."

Whatley said the annual cost of the mandate will be about $9 million.
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5/19/2017 Constable abolishment bill amended to require vote of the people

by Mitch Sneed
Alex City Outlook
The Alabama State Senate passed and sent back to the House an amended bill that would abolish constable positions in Tallapoosa County provided the voters opt to do so after it is put on the ballot.    ...READ MORE »

5/28/2017 New law stops voters from switching parties between primary and runoff elections

by Tom Whatley
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama has a new law to prevent voters from switching parties between a primary and subsequent runoff.

The law prohibits voters from casting a ballot in one political party’s primary and then voting in the other party’s primary runoff.

Republican Sen. Tom Whatley said it will prevent voters of one political party from trying to interfere in another party’s runoff. Whatley sponsored the measure    ...READ MORE »

5/20/2017 Here's what passed and failed during Alabama legislative session

by Tom Whatley
al dot com
Alabama lawmakers ended the 2017 legislative session on Friday. Here's a look at some of the proposals that passed and failed this year.    ...READ MORE »

5/22/2017 Governor signs Tom Whatley's bill mandating insurance coverage for autism therapy

by Chip Brownlee
Auburn Plainsman
MONTGOMERY — On Friday, Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill that would mandate insurance companies in Alabama cover an effective, albeit expensive, therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The bill was sponsored in the State Senate by Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, who said he pushed the bill because of the growing Autism community in Auburn. More than 1-in-68 children have autism spectrum disorder in the U.S.    ...READ MORE »

2/26/2017 Three bills seek to allow OPS to expand internet service ( Three bills seek to allow OPS to expand internet )

by Jim Little
Auburn-Opelika News
Opelika has branded itself “Alabama’s first Gig City” after it built a municipal fiber optic network which provides 1 gigabit per second internet speed to Opelika Power Service (OPS) customers, but drive a few miles into Lee County or north Auburn and you will find residents have to rely on cell service to access the internet.    ...READ MORE »