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Senate Majority Leader: Method to pass school bill was necessary (UPDATE: Judge temporarily blocks bill’s transmittal to governor)

Senate Majority Leader Jabo Waggoner on Tuesday told the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee that the way the Senate passed a controversial school flexibility and tax credit bill last week was necessary but he was ashamed of the unprofessional reaction by some. Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, said Senate majority …

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School Flexibility Bill on the Goal Line

The Senate today after a brief filibuster and a successful cloture petition passed HB 84, the Local Control School Flexibility Act sponsored by Rep. Chad Fincher, R-Semmes. The bipartisan vote was 26-7, but the Senate-amended bill was returned to the House where it originated for consideration. Fincher opposed the Senate …

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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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