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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.

New Report Reveals Alabama’s Path to Best Future Workforce

ReadyNation, a skilled workforce-building organization, this week released a report that highlights the connection between postsecondary education and developing the workforce that Alabama needs now and will in the future. BCA President and CEO William J. Canary has served on the ReadyNation Advisory Board. At the BCA and Alabama Technology …

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Guest Blog: Alabama Enacts Data Breach Notification Law

On March 28, 2018, Alabama joined the other forty-nine states by enacting a ground-breaking new data breach notification law – one of the most comprehensive in the nation. The Alabama Data Breach Notification Act of 2018, which will go into effect on June 1, 2018, contains three (3) basic requirements: Covered …

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Rx for Job Creation

“One way to define wisdom is the ability to see, into the future, the consequences of your choices in the present. That ability can give you a completely different perspective on what the future might look like.” These prophetic words by Alabama author Andy Andrews seem very appropriate for the …

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Final Week of the 2018 Session

The Legislature completed its 2018 regular session on Thursday, departing early in order to campaign for the June 5 primaries. The session that began in January lasted 26 legislative days, four fewer than the 30 days allowed for a regular session. Legislators introduced 922 bills during the session. The Legislature …

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Week 11 of the 2018 Session

The Legislature completed its 11th week in regular session on Thursday, working three legislative days in preparation for the session’s probable finale next week. Through the 23rd legislative day, legislators have introduced 526 bills in the House and 396 in the Senate. The Legislature will reconvene on Tuesday for the …

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Week 10 of the 2018 Session

Sen. Clay Scofield, R-Guntersville, chairman of the Senate Confirmations Committee, and Rep. Donnie Chesteen, R-Geneva, chairman of the House Technology & Research Committee, spoke at the final Business Council of Alabama Tuesday Briefing scheduled for the 2018 regular legislative session. They discussed compromise legislation to encourage high-speed Internet service that will …

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Week 9 of the 2018 Session

The chairs of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees were the speakers at this week’s Business Council of Alabama’s Tuesday Briefing. They urged business community support for juvenile- and adult-justice system reforms. Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Rep. Jim Hill, R-Moody, chairman of the …

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Week 8 of the 2018 Session

Steve Pelham, chief of staff to Governor Kay Ivey, spoke at this week’s Tuesday Briefing that was sponsored by the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, one of The Partners with the BCA and the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. Pelham discussed Alabama’s low unemployment rate and record employment, and …

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Week 7 of the 2018 Session

Rep. Bill Poole, R-Tuscaloosa, chairman of the House Ways and Means Education Committee, spoke at this week’s Tuesday Briefing that was sponsored by the Business Education Alliance of Alabama. The BEA assists in providing the best education opportunities and skills training available for Alabama’s public-school students. “We work on research …

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Week 6 of the 2018 Session

Senate and House Majority Leaders Sen. Greg Reed, R-Jasper, and Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville, spoke at this week’s Tuesday Briefing that was sponsored by Business Council of Alabama member McWane Inc., a family run business headquartered in Birmingham. McWane Inc. is an international manufacturer that began when two McWane brothers …

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