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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.

Supreme Court upholds passage of the Alabama Accountability Act

The Alabama Supreme Court today unanimously threw out a lawsuit filed earlier this year over the way the Legislature passed the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013 that allows flexible school rules and income tax credits for families of students transferring from certain failing schools in order to attend other public …

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Kaiser Foundation releases video on health insurance changes

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation has released a video explaining the changes to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act: The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare: Health Insurance Changes Coming Your Way Under the Affordable Care Act   This short video explains the basic changes in the way Americans …

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Children’s of Alabama Expansion in Birmingham Gets Energy and Environmental Design Award

The U.S. Green Building Council has recognized Children’s of Alabama’s Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children in Birmingham for its energy conservation expansion that opened a year ago this month. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design award is for the hospital’s design and its use of sustainable, energy-efficient, and environmentally …

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Alabama Accountability Act’s parental choice is an extension of the civil rights movement (Opinion article from the Rev. H.K. Matthews)

“The public schools deserve our greatest respect, and not just for their heroic efforts to educate our children. It was, for many years, one of the few ladders of economic opportunity for African Americans. “But public education is not a system of buildings or employees—it’s a goal, an ideal. Despite …

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The 2013 BCA Healthcare Conference concludes after dynamic presentations and Obamacare explanations

HOOVER – The Business Council of Alabama’s successful two-day Healthcare Forum of 2013 concluded Wednesday with an informative speech by the architect of President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in 2010 along party lines by a divided Congress. Nancy-Ann DeParle, Obama’s former deputy chief of staff …

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Failing school scholarship tax credit schedule released

The State Department of Education and the Department of Revenue today announced administrative steps toward complying with the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013 that allows student transfers from failing schools and creates tax credits for parents and for individual and corporate scholarship contributions. State School Superintendent Tommy Bice today identified …

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Medicaid regions have been released. (for now)

The Alabama Medicaid Agency today released a draft map of five geographical regions where Regional Care Organizations will provide essential Medicaid services through providers. The preliminary map could change after public hearings and Medicaid rule-making. The Business Council of Alabama supports Medicaid reform in order to control costs and ensure …

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State leaders including Rep. Roby, agree with the BCA on control of education standards

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby who introduced the “Defense of State Authority Over Education Act” in May said that its language is part of an overall education bill sponsored by the chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Roby, R-Ala., a member of the Committee on Education and …

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Helpful tax information for Alabama small businesses

While members of Congress are investigating one aspect of the Internal Revenue Service’s operations another section of the IRS is going about its business offering tax information for businesses. In its latest edition of IRS e-News for Small Businesses, the federal tax agency has information about claiming the home office …

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This week’s editions of BCA’s Capital and Washington Briefings have been published. (5/20/13-5/24/13)

The Capital Briefing is a weekly digest of action taken on legislation of interest to business and is published weekly during regular and special sessions of the Alabama Legislature. It includes a summary of remarks made by speakers at BCA’s Governmental Affairs Committee meetings and often features video interviews with …

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