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6/24/2017 Alabama’s GE Aviation plants to be major players in company’s recent multi-billion dollar orders

Sen. Tom Whatley (R-District 27) said. It could increase the amount of federal grants we get to Auburn University for this type of research. With that, you’re going to be able show other companies that hey, we are open for business, we are doing the research here that you are going to need to have in additive manufacturing to make your business work because that is the way manufacturing is going. It’s going to do nothing, but bring jobs to the area.”    ...READ MORE »

5/16/2017 Alabama Senate approves autism insurance mandate

by Elizabeth Lauten
Alabama Today
The Alabama Senate voted 33 to 1 Tuesday night mandating insurance coverage for autism therapy.

The bill, which has previously stalled in the Senate due to concerns over costs, requires providers to cover an intensive therapy called Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy.

The bill will now go back to the House where lawmakers must decide whether or not they want to accept the changes the Senate made to it, such as making the mandate only apply to patients up to 18 years of age, applying only to companies with at least 51 employees, and delaying the mandate altogether on public plans until Dec. 31, 2018.    ...READ MORE »

6/2/2017 Ivey signs autism bill into law

by Andrew J Yawn
Montgomery Advertiser
Gov. Kay Ivey signed the autism insurance bill into law Friday at the Capitol, and afterward she was embraced by a few of the thousands of children the law will support.

Despite a late session effort to stymie the autism bill, it unanimously pushed through the House about 2 a.m. Thursday. Some concessions were made including an age cap and an exemption for business employing 50 people or fewer, but the law will make access to care easier for children on the spectrum whose applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy will be covered by health insurance until the age of 18.    ...READ MORE »

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9/7/2013 NSA names Auburn University a center of excellence in cyber operations (Auburn University Wire)

by Auburn University
Auburn University Wire Eagle
Cyber security will help protect our industries and, through that, our economic system.    ...READ MORE »

9/8/2013 Real estate sales up 51.7 percent (Real estate sales up 51.7 percent)

by Robert Hudson
Alex City Outlook
Home sales are up in District 27!    ...READ MORE »

2/19/2014 Rob McDaniel named James Beard semifinalist (Rob McDaniel named James Beard semifinalist)

by Austin Nelson
Alex City Outlook
Springhouse executive chef Rob McDaniel has been named a James Beard Award semifinalist for the second year in a row.    ...READ MORE »

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6/6/2017 Connect with me on social media

by Tom Whatley
Remember that you can reach me on Facebook and Twitter and connect with me in real time at your convenience.    ...READ MORE »

5/29/2017 Enjoy Memorial Day but remember those who can't (Guest Column: Enjoy Memorial Day but remember thos)

by Tom Whatley
Auburn Plainsman
This guest column was written by Sen. Tom Whatley, who is also a lieutenant colonel in the Alabama Army National Guard. Whatley represents the Auburn area in the Alabama State Senate.    ...READ MORE »

9/7/2013 Farewell Miss America!

by Tom Whatley
Best of luck, Mallory Hagan!    ...READ MORE (1 photo) »

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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 »