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Week 4 of the 2018 Session

Senate and House Rules Committee chairs Sen. Jabo Waggoner and Rep. Mike Jones said they expect the 2018 regular legislative session to end in March, a month earlier than usual because of the June election primaries. Sen. Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, and Rep. Jones, R-Andalusia, spoke at this week’s Business Council of …

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Week 3 of the 2018 Session

House Ways and Means General Fund Chairman Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, at Tuesday’s briefing, said next year’s General Fund looks to be in fairly good shape now that Congress has extended CHIP funding for children for six years. Glen Wilkins, director of public affairs and government relations for BCA member …

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Week 2 of the 2018 Session

The House and Senate this week acknowledged Alabama’s unusually extreme winter ice and snow by cancelling Wednesday committee meetings and holding short sessions on Thursday. Both bodies are scheduled to return to Montgomery on Tuesday for the session’s fifth legislative day. The Senate on Tuesday passed SB 98 by Sen. Arthur …

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Week 1 of the 2018 Session

The House and Senate convening for the 2018 regular legislative session on Tuesday immediately went to work in anticipation of adjourning sine die earlier than usual in order to begin campaigning for the June party primaries. All 140 legislative seats are up for election this November as well as the …

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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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