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Capital Briefing for Week 1 of the 2017 Session

The 2017 regular legislative session began Tuesday with the Business Council of Alabama working on job creation, infrastructure improvement, education support, legal and regulatory reform, health-care industry stability, and tax and insurance fairness. “Companies and industries have poured over $24 billion of investment into Alabama, in our people and in …

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Jeff Sessions Becomes First Alabamian to Serve as U.S. Attorney General

President Donald Trump administered the oath of office Thursday to former U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Mobile after his Wednesday Senate confirmation as U.S. Attorney General. “He’s a man of integrity, a man of principle and a man of total, utter resolve,” Trump said. “That resolve is what we need …

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Business-Backed Representative Anthony Daniels Elected House Minority Leader

House Democrats on Wednesday elected State Rep. Anthony Daniels, D-Huntsville, House Minority Leader, making him Alabama’s first African American minority leader and, at age 34, the youngest party leader in modern Alabama State House history. “We congratulate Representative Daniels for his election to this important post in the Alabama House …

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House Speaker Opens 2017 Business Council of Alabama Legislative Briefings

House Speaker Mac McCutcheon began his first full legislative session as speaker at today’s Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee that schedules meetings each Tuesday morning during regular legislative sessions. Today’s meeting was sponsored by Alabama Power Co. Alabama Power Vice President for Governmental Affairs Alexia Borden unveiled the …

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Congress, White House Move to Rescind Obama-Era Rules

The Associated Press reports House Republicans approved a measure on Wednesday to rescind Obama-era rules designed to protect streams by a vote of 228-194. Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) said, “Make no mistake about it, this Obama administration rule is not designed to protect streams. Instead, it was an effort to regulate …

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BEA Presents Impact Award to Alabama Power’s Zeke Smith

  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – (Feb. 1) Business Education Alliance of Alabama Chairman and President Joe Morton, Ph.D., presented Alabama Power Co. Executive Vice president Zeke Smith with the BEA Impact Award for his commitment to education and workforce development at a recent high school ceremony. Smith was presented the first …

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New Name for Alabama Contractor and Service Provider

Business Council of Alabama member Helix Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Voith Industrial Services, has a new trade name: Helix and Voith are now named Leadec. Helix’s corporate office is in Bessemer and it has offices in Vance, Lincoln, and Montgomery. The licensed contractor partners with the automotive industry and …

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School Choice Week 2017 in Alabama Features Testimonials and a Challenge

Photos by Robert Fouts – online at photofouts.com MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama’s National School Choice Week celebration was held indoors for the first time in Montgomery on Friday, and while the venue protected a lot of toes and fingers from a chilling wind, it still allowed school choice energy to flow from …

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Senator Shelby gets Committee Assignments

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, R-Ala., has been named chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration in the 115th Congress. In addition to serving as the Rules Committee Chairman, Sen. Shelby will be the most senior Republican member on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, …

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Governor Offers Suggestions to Fix ObamaCare

Governor Robert Bentley has responded to a congressional request to recommend changes to the Affordable Care Act in an effort to improve quality and affordability in health insurance markets and in Medicaid. Bentley wrote House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and copied U.S. Sens. Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, U.S. …

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