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The BCA is the state’s most powerful and effective advocate for business at the Alabama Legislature and the U.S. Congress.

Through our political action committee, ProgressPAC, we work hard to help elect candidates who understand the issues of concern to Alabama business. However, it is the member companies that develop and drive BCA’s actions in the legislative arena and at the ballot box, promoting those agendas through the organization’s far-reaching grassroots network and policy committee structure.

Let us know how we can advocate for your business on the matters that mean the most to you. Contact our Intergovernmental Affairs and Advocacy Department, 334-834-6000.

Capital Briefing for Week 5 of the 2017 Session

The Business Council of Alabama continued working on the business community’s legislative agenda during week six of the 2017 regular legislative session. The two state budgets moved this week. The Alabama House passed a $15.6 billion General Fund budget that includes $1.84 billion in discretionary funding. And the Senate passed …

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Business Supports Early Reading and Workforce Programs in K-12 Schools

At a special-called Alabama State Board of Education work session last week, board members reemphasized support for successful early reading and workforce programs in their meeting with state Superintendent of Education Michael Sentence who has been working on a draft reorganization of programs. During the work session, Sentence said he’ll …

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Capital Briefing for Week 5 of the 2017 Session

The Business Council of Alabama continued working on the business community’s legislative agenda during the fifth week of the 2017 regular legislative session. The BCA’s action included testimony during a House Insurance Committee public hearing on a bill that would mandate expensive medical coverage to public and private health insurance …

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Obamacare-Style Health Law Introduced in Alabama House

“People’s [health] premiums are getting higher. Their deductibles are soaring. And their choices are dwindling.” These were the words of U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan at a recent press conference referencing the effects of Obamacare, and his plan to repeal and replace it.  However, he could have been referring to …

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Data System is a Tool for Education Improvement

“Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion.” – W. Edwards Deming The Alabama Legislature is considering legislation, HB 97 by Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, and SB 153 by Sen. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, to establish a smart and secure statewide system to measure student achievement over time. Incredibly, in …

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Capital Briefing for Week 4 of the 2017 Session

The Business Council of Alabama continued working on the business community’s legislative agenda during the fourth week of the 2017 Alabama legislative session. That work includes continuing efforts to pass consumer lawsuit lending reform that began its path through the Senate this week. Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, introduced an important …

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Capital Briefing for Week 3 of the 2017 Session

The Business Council of Alabama continued to act on the business community’s legislative agenda during the third week of the 2017 Alabama legislative session. As of week three, House members have filed 316 bills and Senate members 245 bills. Of the 561 bills, 68 have passed their house of origin. …

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Capital Briefing for Week 2 of the 2017 Session

The House and Senate settled into their session routines this week with the Business Council of Alabama monitoring and acting on the business community’s legislative agenda that includes infrastructure, education, health care, legal reform, tax and fiscal policy, and other areas of interest. As of the second week in session, …

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Local and National Speakers Highlight Alabama’s Road Needs and Solutions

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (Feb. 15, 2017) – Increased investment in Alabama’s deficient roads could save lives, property, time, and money by making roads safer, reducing congestion, and supporting long-term economic growth, according to a new report released today by economic and community developers at news conferences in four Alabama cities. …

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Senate President Pro Tem Outlines Upcoming Senate Issues Including Alabama’s Infrastructure Needs

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh today addressed the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee and outlined issues the Senate will deal with this session such as Alabama’s infrastructure needs. The BCA schedules a meeting each Tuesday morning during regular legislative sessions and features legislators and policy makers for …

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