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Failing school scholarship tax credit schedule released

The State Department of Education and the Department of Revenue today announced administrative steps toward complying with the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013 that allows student transfers from failing schools and creates tax credits for parents and for individual and corporate scholarship contributions. State School Superintendent Tommy Bice today identified …

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Medicaid regions have been released. (for now)

The Alabama Medicaid Agency today released a draft map of five geographical regions where Regional Care Organizations will provide essential Medicaid services through providers. The preliminary map could change after public hearings and Medicaid rule-making. The Business Council of Alabama supports Medicaid reform in order to control costs and ensure …

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State leaders including Rep. Roby, agree with the BCA on control of education standards

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby who introduced the “Defense of State Authority Over Education Act” in May said that its language is part of an overall education bill sponsored by the chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Roby, R-Ala., a member of the Committee on Education and …

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Helpful tax information for Alabama small businesses

While members of Congress are investigating one aspect of the Internal Revenue Service’s operations another section of the IRS is going about its business offering tax information for businesses. In its latest edition of IRS e-News for Small Businesses, the federal tax agency has information about claiming the home office …

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Medicaid overhaul bill advances in Senate

The House Health Committee on a voice vote on Tuesday favorably reported the Medicaid overhaul bill, SB 340, by Sen. Greg Reed, R-Jasper. The bill goes to the full House and is in place for possible final consideration on Thursday. Reed and the sponsor of the House version, Rep. Jim …

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Medical, health-related bills advance in 2013 legislature

House and Senate bills that would allow certified registered nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives to prescribe certain controlled substances cleared separate steps toward passage today (4/24). A committee also cleared a medical provider conscientious objection bill. The House Health Committee approved SB 229 by Sen. Greg Reed, R-Jasper, and …

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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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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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