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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 (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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Senate Committee Approves School Flexibility Act

On a vote of  9 to 0, the Senate Education committee gave a favorable report to SB 54, by Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, which is known as the Local Control School Flexibility Act. The bill allows certain laws and regulations to be waived in exchange for permission to implement plans …

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Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh at the BCA Tuesday Morning Legislative Leadership Meeting (Video Highlights)

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh today (Feb. 12) predicted a successful legislative session that should include passage of government efficiency measures, education initiatives, and fulfillment of a promise to repay $437 million that voters approved shifting from the Alabama Trust Fund last year. “We think this is the year …

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Business Community’s Top Priorities Spotlighted in Governor’s State of the State Address

The business community found much to like in Gov. Robert Bentley’s 2013 State of the State Address, which was delivered in the packed Old House Chamber of the Alabama Capitol Building on Tuesday night. From funding for Pre-K programs to workforce development and offering local school systems more flexibility from …

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Regulatory relief bill passes House committee, good for business

Alabama businesses are one step closer to seeing regulatory relief from state government thanks to the Red Tape Reduction Act, or HB 101, sponsored by Rep. April Weaver, R-Brierfield, which passed out of the House State Government Committee on Wednesday. If passed, this bill would be a huge victory for …

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House Committee Approves School Flexibility Act

The House Education Policy Committee today gave a favorable report to HB 84, known as the Local Control School Flexibility Act. Sponsored by Rep. Chad Fincher, R-Mobile, the bill would provide local school systems the ability to request more flexibility from certain state statutes, policies and regulations in order to …

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Fighting for our Children’s Future

When the 2013 regular session of the Alabama Legislature convenes tomorrow, the Business Council of Alabama will be vigorously engaged on a number of issues from economic development to healthcare regulations to property rights and others. But perhaps no issue demands our lawmakers’ attention more than public education.  Many may …

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