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2016 Legislative Session Summary

The 2016 Legislative Session Produced Strong Business and Education Results The 2016 regular legislative session that began Feb. 2 and concluded May 4 produced legislation that was a priority for the Alabama business community and saw successful blocking of legislation harmful to Alabama business. The Business Council of Alabama’s active …

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Week 13 of the 2016 Session

2016 Legislative Session Closes on Mixed Note This week’s finale of the 2016 regular legislative session included nearly unanimous bipartisan passage of Business Council of Alabama priority legislation that clarifies a court ruling concerning class-action lawsuits against businesses, another bill to extend the operational deadline for Medicaid Regional Care Organizations, …

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Week 12 of the 2016 Session

This week’s Tuesday Briefing sponsored by the Drummond Co. featured Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed, R-Jasper, who gave his overview of the last five days of the 2016 regular legislative session. The briefing was the final briefing of the 2016 regular legislative session. The House approved a controversial Senate bill …

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Week 11 of the 2016 Session

This week’s Tuesday Briefing, sponsored by Vulcan Materials Co., featured Rep. Connie Rowe, R-Jasper, who discussed prison overcrowding and Medicaid funding. Rep. Rowe was introduced by Jeff Johnson, manager of lands and public affairs, Southern and Gulf Coast Division for Vulcan Materials Co. The House and Senate met Tuesday, Wednesday, …

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Week 10 of the 2016 Session

This week’s Tuesday Briefing, sponsored by Vulcan Inc., featured House Minority Leader Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, who urged bipartisan cooperation on issues such as economic development. Vulcan Inc. President and CEO Tommy Lee, the 2016 BCA chairman, introduced Rep. Ford. The House passed an amended Alabama Transportation Safety Fund bill on …

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Week Nine of the 2016 Session

This week’s Tuesday Briefing, sponsored by the Protective Life Insurance Corp., featured Sen. Phil Williams, R-Rainbow City, and Rep. Matt Fridy, R-Montevallo, who discussed three legal reform bills that are important to the Alabama business community The pair kicked off the ninth week of the 2016 regular legislative session that …

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Week Eight of the 2016 Session

General Fund Budget Passed, Governor Vows Veto; Infrastructure Alliance Drive-In Successful The eighth week of the 2016 regular legislative session saw passage or consideration of issues that are vital to the Alabama business community, including the 2016-17 General Fund budget. After meeting Tuesday and Wednesday, the House and Senate voted …

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Seventh Week of the 2016 Session

Right-to-Work Constitutional Amendment Goes to Voters The midpoint of the 2016 regular legislative session saw legislative passage and consideration of important issues that are vital to the Alabama business community. The Senate on Thursday approved a right-to-work constitutional amendment, HB 37 by Rep. Arnold Mooney, R-Birmingham. The measure goes to …

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Sixth Week of the 2016 Session

The House-passed $6.3 billion Education Trust Fund budget that was sent to the Senate contains important business-sought appropriations including an additional $14 million for voluntary Pre-K for Alabama 4-year-olds. Following passage of the budget, the House approved a pay raise measure for teachers and support personnel. The House on Tuesday …

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