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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.

Fourth Week of the 2016 Session

One-third of the 2016 regular legislative session is in the books. Thursday was the 10th working day of the session, which cannot last beyond 30 working days. Bills important to the business community and actively supported by the Business Council of Alabama gained traction this week in committees and on …

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Putting More Into Infrastructure

BCA Seeks ‘Fair, Equitable, Broad-Based’ Solutions Although the state legislative session just began in February, Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary was asked what would a successful session look like for the organization that represents 750,000-plus people.The organization wants to be “supportive and helpful in adopting …

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Student Data Bill Will Show Us What Is Working In Education

House Education Policy Committee Chair Terri Collins today said that Alabama needs a student performance measuring tool known as a longitudinal data system that will greatly aid the evaluation of how well students are doing from early schooling to their first jobs. Collins, R-Decatur, has sponsored HB 125. It would …

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Third Week of 2016 Legislative Session

This week’s Business Council of Alabama Tuesday Briefing was sponsored by Alabama Power Co. and featured House Rules Committee Chairman Mac McCutcheon, R-Huntsville. He outlined the upcoming House work schedule and explained his pending legislation to invest in Alabama’s roads and bridges. After falling short of votes last week, the …

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BCA Supported Bills Get Quick House Action in Second Week of 2016 Legislative Session

The House approved two bills that the Business Council of Alabama is supporting in the 2016 regular legislative session that has concluded its second week. The House on Tuesday passed HB 36, the Small Business Act sponsored by Rep. Kyle South, R-Fayette, and HB 38, the Taxpayer Advocate bill sponsored …

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Transportation Improvements Will Increase Alabama’s Economic Growth

A national transportation research organization said Thursday that Alabama’s deteriorating roads and bridges threaten to stifle economic growth and development. At news conferences in Birmingham and at the Business Council of Alabama in Montgomery, the Washington, D.C.-based research organization TRIP identified 20 transportation improvements that are needed to support economic …

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2016 Legislative Session Begins With Business Priorities on a Fast Track

The 2016 regular session of the Alabama Legislature began Tuesday and House committees got off to a fast start by taking up important legislation that is on the Business Council of Alabama’s legislative agenda. The first Tuesday Briefing of the session featured House Speaker Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, who discussed swift …

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BCA And Hospital Association Partner to Educate Legislators on Medicaid/RCO Implementation

The Business Council of Alabama partnered with the Alabama Hospital Association on Tuesday to explain Medicaid’s important role in economic development, job creation, quality of life, and to explain a new regional delivery system. Medicaid is a joint state-federal health insurance plan for low-income children, pregnant women, the elderly, and …

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The Reports of the Netflix Rule’s Death May Have been Greatly Exaggerated

Mark Twain famously said: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” The same may be true of the so-called Netflix rule (810-6-5.09), which the Alabama Department of Revenue proposed (and withdrew) last year and which would have subjected digital transmissions such as movies, TV programs, and music to Alabama’s …

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It’s Time to Urge Lawmakers to Invest in Alabama Roads and Bridges

Now that the five public hearings on Alabama’s transportation needs are history the next step in upgrading Alabama’s roads and bridges is to urge legislators to enhance the investment in our surface lifelines for commerce. Nothing is more important to Alabama than infrastructure, which is directly linked to our safety, …

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