BCA Blog

School Flexibility Bill on the Goal Line

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Senate today after a brief filibuster and a successful cloture petition passed HB 84, the Local Control School Flexibility Act sponsored by Rep. Chad Fincher, R-Semmes. The bipartisan vote was 26-7, but the Senate-amended bill was returned to the House where it originated for consideration. Fincher opposed the Senate amendment and asked the House to non-concur and send the bill to a conference committee.  read more

Chairman Emeritus of the Business and Education Alliance, Dr. Joe Morton Testifies on College and Career Ready Standards

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Thank you for the opportunity to speak before the Joint Committees on SB 190 and HB 254.  I am Joe Morton.  From January 2004 until September 2011, I served as state Superintendent of Education and was the state Superintendent in 2010 when the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics were adopted by the State Board of Education.   read more

House Rules Chair Addresses BCA Governmental Affairs Committee

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

House Rules Committee Chairman Mac McCutcheon updated the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee today on separate workplace gun and school standards legislation pending in the 2013 legislative session. read more

Capital Briefing (2/18/13-2/22/13)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Published weekly during regular and special sessions of the Alabama Legislature, the Capital Briefing is a weekly digest of action taken on legislation of interest to business.  read more

Senate Education Committee approves school flexibility bill

Thursday, February 21, 2013

After successfully fending off dozens of potential amendments, the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday favorably reported HB84, the Local Control School Flexibility Act of 2013. read more

Governor Bentley Signs ATF Repayment Bill into Law

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Governor Robert Bentley on Wednesday signed into law a bill to require repaying the Alabama Trust Fund after voters approved the transfer during a September 2012 referendum.  It was the first bill passed by the Legislature in the 2013 session. read more

Holley legislative consolidation bill loses in cloture vote

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

After four days of consideration, the Senate on Tuesday voted to carry over a bill that would have consolidated legislative support operations under the control of a handful of House and Senate members. read more

Senate Minority Leader Vivian Figures speaks to BCA Governmental Affairs Committee

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

State Sen. Vivian Davis Figures of Mobile introduced herself Tuesday (Feb. 19) to the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee as the new Senate Minority Leader for the remainder of the 2010-14 legislative term. read more

Capital Briefing (2/11/13-2/15/13)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Published weekly during regular and special sessions of the Alabama Legislature, the Capital Briefing is a weekly digest of action taken on legislation of interest to business.  read more

Bill to repay the Alabama Trust Fund passed by the Senate

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Alabama Senate today amended and passed a House bill that requires repaying $437 million that voters approved shifting from the oil and gas Alabama Trust Fund last year to prop up general government spending through 2015. The Senate voted to cut off debate and passed the bill 25-7. read more