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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 9 of the 2017 Session

A Tale of Two Bills, But There Might Be a Silver Lining Last week, the House missed a significant opportunity to move Alabama forward by failing to muster a vote on a bill to invest in Alabama’s infrastructure, which would cost users about $3.50 a month to improve our roads …

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Capital Briefing for Week 8 of the 2017 Session

While politics has dominated Alabama the last several weeks, the Legislature’s business continued with the House and Senate advancing important business community initiatives. But the all-important infrastructure investment modernization bill will have to wait to fight another day after several factors, including internal House politics, stopped the bill in its …

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Capital Briefing for Week 7 of the 2017 Session

After two weeks off for spring break, the Alabama Legislature this week reached the midpoint of the 2017 legislative session with the Business Council of Alabama continuing its involvement in the business community’s legislative agenda including encouraging the successful defeat of the Mandatory Unitary Combined Reporting bill that would have …

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Senate Committee Listens to Business and Rejects Arbitrary Tax Increase

The Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday correctly defeated arbitrary tax increase legislation that the Business Council of Alabama and the state’s business community has opposed for years. The committee voted 12-2 not to advance the Mandatory Unitary Combined Reporting bill, SB 67 by Sen. Linda Coleman-Madison, …

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Longitudinal Data System is a Necessary Step to Improve Education

Alabama does not have an education system designed to educate all children. It never has. But, the possibility of laying the foundation for one is closer than ever. A state longitudinal data system (SLDS), while a seemingly confusing policy topic, is a necessary step to creating a well-functioning education system. …

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Capital Briefing for Week 6 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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