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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.

This week’s editions of BCA’s Capital Briefing and Washington Briefing have been published. (3/4/13-3/8/13)

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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Senate Education Committee Postpones Vote on College and Career Ready Standards

The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday morning carried over SB 190, the bill to repeal and defund the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards adopted by the State Board of Education in November 2010. Committee chairman Dick Brewbaker of Pike Road, the sponsor of the bill, carried the bill over …

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Medicaid bills carried over for technical fine-tuning (UPDATED added link to BCA endorsement)

The House Ways and Means General Fund Committee today carried over three Medicaid bills that were written to help transform Medicaid in a more efficient and affordable health care network for recipients and taxpayers. Rep. Greg Wren, R-Montgomery, a member of the committee, asked to postpone action on HBs 370, …

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Senate Majority Leader: Method to pass school bill was necessary (UPDATE: Judge temporarily blocks bill’s transmittal to governor)

Senate Majority Leader Jabo Waggoner on Tuesday told the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee that the way the Senate passed a controversial school flexibility and tax credit bill last week was necessary but he was ashamed of the unprofessional reaction by some. Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, said Senate majority …

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This week’s editions of BCA’s Capital Briefing and Washington Briefing have been published.

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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School Flexibility Bill on the Goal Line

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 …

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

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. It also includes a summary of remarks made by speakers at BCA’s Governmental Affairs Committee meetings, and often features video interviews with top …

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Senate Education Committee approves school flexibility bill

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. The committee reported the bill 5-3 with one abstention, sending it to the full Senate for consideration. The House passed HB84 by Rep. Chad Fincher, …

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House Passes School Flexibility Act

The Alabama House of Representatives on Thursday passed HB 84 by Rep. Chad Fincher, R-Semmes.  The bill, known as the Local Control School Flexibility Act, passed by a vote of 65 to 37 after Rep. Wayne Johnson, R-Madison, made a motion to move the previous question (cloture) which then ended …

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Chairman of BCA’s Education and Workforce Preparedeness Committee, Bob Powers quoted in a New York Times story discussing Pre-k.

The chairman of the Business Council of Alabama’s Education and Workforce Preparedness Committee, Bob Powers, is quoted in today’s New York Times, on what Alabama’s business community in partnership with the Business Education Alliance is doing to give all of the state’s four-year-olds a chance to succeed. “The evidence is, …

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