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Capital Briefing for Week 13 of the 2017 Session: Sine Die

Politics dominated the 2017 session of the Alabama Legislature that adjourned Sine Die on Friday. The session that saw the resignation of the governor included passage of an autism medical insurance coverage mandate that will cost businesses and policyholders millions of dollars a year and, by design, will leave Alabama’s …

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Capital Briefing for Week 12 of the 2017 Session

With the 2017 Legislature having completed its 12th week, the tempo and end-of-session tactics increased as both bodies head to the potential May 22 finale. The House slowed activity for two days with the reading of HB 571, the House legislative district reapportionment bill, but the bill was passed on …

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Capital Briefing for Week 11 of the 2017 Session

The Legislature started down the home stretch in the 11th week of the session beginning with the Business Council of Alabama’s Tuesday briefing featuring Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed, R-Jasper. Sen. Reed advised that there are two budgets still to pass prior to the session-end deadline of May 22 – the …

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Capital Briefing for Week 10 of the 2017 Session

As the Legislature turned the corner on the two-thirds mark of the session, the 10th week began with the Business Council of Alabama’s Tuesday briefing featuring House Majority Leader Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville. Rep. Ledbetter said the Legislature will eventually renew its attempt to pass infrastructure investment legislation. “It’s disappointing we …

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Capital Briefing for Week 9 of the 2017 Session

A Tale of Two Bills, But There Might Be a Silver Lining Last week, the House missed a significant opportunity to move Alabama forward by failing to muster a vote on a bill to invest in Alabama’s infrastructure, which would cost users about $3.50 a month to improve our roads …

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Capital Briefing for Week 8 of the 2017 Session

While politics has dominated Alabama the last several weeks, the Legislature’s business continued with the House and Senate advancing important business community initiatives. But the all-important infrastructure investment modernization bill will have to wait to fight another day after several factors, including internal House politics, stopped the bill in its …

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Capital Briefing for Week 7 of the 2017 Session

After two weeks off for spring break, the Alabama Legislature this week reached the midpoint of the 2017 legislative session with the Business Council of Alabama continuing its involvement in the business community’s legislative agenda including encouraging the successful defeat of the Mandatory Unitary Combined Reporting bill that would have …

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Capital Briefing for Week 6 of the 2017 Session

The Business Council of Alabama continued working on the business community’s legislative agenda during week six of the 2017 regular legislative session. The two state budgets moved this week. The Alabama House passed a $15.6 billion General Fund budget that includes $1.84 billion in discretionary funding. And the Senate passed …

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Capital Briefing for Week 5 of the 2017 Session

The Business Council of Alabama continued working on the business community’s legislative agenda during the fifth week of the 2017 regular legislative session. The BCA’s action included testimony during a House Insurance Committee public hearing on a bill that would mandate expensive medical coverage to public and private health insurance …

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Capital Briefing for Week 4 of the 2017 Session

The Business Council of Alabama continued working on the business community’s legislative agenda during the fourth week of the 2017 Alabama legislative session. That work includes continuing efforts to pass consumer lawsuit lending reform that began its path through the Senate this week. Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, introduced an important …

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