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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. (3/18/13-3/22/13)

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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Common Core Repeal Effort Dies Again, This Time in the House

The K-12 subcommittee of the House Education Policy Committee met on Wednesday afternoon where Rep. Jim Barton, R-Mobile, asked committee members to approve HB 254, a repeal of the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards. The issue has garnered a lot attention in the last few weeks, with the Senate …

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House Health Committee chair sees Medicaid expansion as a possibility

The chairman of the House Health Committee today said that proposed Medicaid reforms could position Alabama to expand Medicaid and accept billions of federal dollars that would accompany an expansion. “I can see in the future if we can get a grip on this program and get it under control, …

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This week’s editions of BCA’s Capital Briefing and Washington Briefing have been published. (3/11/13-3/15/13)

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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Two-year college chancellor touts workforce opportunities

Alabama’s two-year college system is a willing partner with business and industry for training and educating current and next-generation employees, Alabama Community College System Chancellor Dr. Mark Heinrich told the Business Council of Alabama’s board of directors. Heinrich, speaking Tuesday at the BCA board meeting, said “business and education are …

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Effort to Repeal Common Core Standards Dies in Committee

For now,the effort to repeal the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards is dead, as the Senate Education Committee voted this morning to carry over indefinitely SB 190, by Sen. Dick Brewbaker, R-Pike Road. With standing room only, a diverse group of people attended the committee meeting to see what …

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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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