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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.

Choosing Alabama’s Next State Superintendent

By William J. Canary, president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama and Joe Morton, Ph.D., Chairman and President of the Business Education Alliance of Alabama Whether it’s becoming a doctor, teacher, lawyer, pipefitter, welder, or automobile assembler, education is the key to filling tomorrow’s jobs. We support the State Board …

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Truck Drivers and Nurses in High Demand as State Workforce Nears 2 Million for First Time in Almost 10 Years

The Alabama Department of Labor said truck drivers and nurses were the most sought-after employees in May, followed by retail salespersons, based on online help wanted ads. The Labor Department’s Labor Market Division said the most online wanted ads in May were for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, registered nurses, and …

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Enactment of BCA-supported SB 270 Should Prevent Flood of Class Action Lawsuits Against Alabama Businesses

Last summer, the Eleventh Circuit held in Lisk v. Lumber One Wood Preserving LLC, 792 F.3d 1331 (11th Cir. 2015) that private plaintiffs could bring a class action under the Alabama Deceptive Trade Practices Act (ADTPA) in federal court even though Alabama law expressly prohibits them from doing so in …

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2016 Legislative Session Summary

The 2016 Legislative Session Produced Strong Business and Education Results The 2016 regular legislative session that began Feb. 2 and concluded May 4 produced legislation that was a priority for the Alabama business community and saw successful blocking of legislation harmful to Alabama business. The Business Council of Alabama’s active …

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Week 13 of the 2016 Session

2016 Legislative Session Closes on Mixed Note This week’s finale of the 2016 regular legislative session included nearly unanimous bipartisan passage of Business Council of Alabama priority legislation that clarifies a court ruling concerning class-action lawsuits against businesses, another bill to extend the operational deadline for Medicaid Regional Care Organizations, …

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Internal Revenue Service Continues Small Business Week Webinars

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Internal Revenue Service is marking National Small Business Week that ends Saturday with a series of webinars for small business owners and self-employed individuals. Small Business Week from May 1 to May 7 is observed by the U.S. Small Business Administration with events planned in five cities. The …

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Week 12 of the 2016 Session

This week’s Tuesday Briefing sponsored by the Drummond Co. featured Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed, R-Jasper, who gave his overview of the last five days of the 2016 regular legislative session. The briefing was the final briefing of the 2016 regular legislative session. The House approved a controversial Senate bill …

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Week 11 of the 2016 Session

This week’s Tuesday Briefing, sponsored by Vulcan Materials Co., featured Rep. Connie Rowe, R-Jasper, who discussed prison overcrowding and Medicaid funding. Rep. Rowe was introduced by Jeff Johnson, manager of lands and public affairs, Southern and Gulf Coast Division for Vulcan Materials Co. The House and Senate met Tuesday, Wednesday, …

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First-Ever Recipient of BCA Initiative Receives Recognition at Alabama’s Spring Game

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (April 18, 2016) – McAleer’s Office Furniture Co. in Mobile on Saturday was named the winner of the first-ever “Small Business Game Changer” by the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) and Crimson Tide Sports Marketing, University of Alabama Athletics’ multimedia rights holder. McAleer’s Office Furniture Co. was awarded …

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Week 10 of the 2016 Session

This week’s Tuesday Briefing, sponsored by Vulcan Inc., featured House Minority Leader Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, who urged bipartisan cooperation on issues such as economic development. Vulcan Inc. President and CEO Tommy Lee, the 2016 BCA chairman, introduced Rep. Ford. The House passed an amended Alabama Transportation Safety Fund bill on …

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