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Week 5 of the 2019 Session

With more than one-third of the 2019 legislative session in the books, week five saw the economic development bill head to the governor’s desk, the introduction of bills to lower the age for truck drivers, and unemployment compensation bills advance. The Alabama House had filed 482 bills and the Senate …

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Week 4 of the 2019 Session

This week the legislature used two legislative days that saw House passage of the General Fund budget with restored funding for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and Senate committee passage of an unemployment compensation reform bill as well as the economic developer exemption bill. With nine legislative days …

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Week 3 of the 2019 Session

The House and Senate used three legislative days in a busy week that saw House passage of the highly anticipated economic development bill, public hearings on lottery bills, and increased funding for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) advance as part of the General Fund budget. With seven legislative …

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Governor Proposes to Restore ADEM funding

Governor Kay Ivey released her budget proposals this week. The governor included a major boost to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), increasing ADEM’s allocation to $4 million. The BCA joined Alabama’s leading business and agriculture groups in urging the Alabama legislature to restore funding for ADEM. In a …

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Governor Signs Rebuild Alabama Act into Law

 After four years of hard work, Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed the Rebuild Alabama Act into law. The Alabama Senate had voted to approve the infrastructure plan on a bipartisan 28-6 vote earlier in the day, and the Alabama House of Representatives passed it with a bipartisan 84-20 …

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Governor Ivey’s Rebuild Alabama Infrastructure Plan Advances Through Legislature

The Alabama House of Representatives today passed Governor Kay Ivey’s Rebuild Alabama Infrastructure Plan, a three-bill package sponsored by Rep. Bill Poole, R-Tuscaloosa. The legislation will provide much needed additional funding to enhance and improve Alabama’s transportation system at both the state and local levels. Business Council of Alabama President …

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Final Week of the 2018 Session

The Legislature completed its 2018 regular session on Thursday, departing early in order to campaign for the June 5 primaries. The session that began in January lasted 26 legislative days, four fewer than the 30 days allowed for a regular session. Legislators introduced 922 bills during the session. The Legislature …

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Week 11 of the 2018 Session

The Legislature completed its 11th week in regular session on Thursday, working three legislative days in preparation for the session’s probable finale next week. Through the 23rd legislative day, legislators have introduced 526 bills in the House and 396 in the Senate. The Legislature will reconvene on Tuesday for the …

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Week 10 of the 2018 Session

Sen. Clay Scofield, R-Guntersville, chairman of the Senate Confirmations Committee, and Rep. Donnie Chesteen, R-Geneva, chairman of the House Technology & Research Committee, spoke at the final Business Council of Alabama Tuesday Briefing scheduled for the 2018 regular legislative session. They discussed compromise legislation to encourage high-speed Internet service that will …

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Week 9 of the 2018 Session

The chairs of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees were the speakers at this week’s Business Council of Alabama’s Tuesday Briefing. They urged business community support for juvenile- and adult-justice system reforms. Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Rep. Jim Hill, R-Moody, chairman of the …

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