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Britain Votes to Leave E.U.; Cameron to Step Down

By a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent, the people of Britain voted to leave the European Union. On the heels of the results, Prime Minister David Cameron announced he will step down by October. “I will do everything I can as prime minister to steady the ship over the …

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Alabama Senators Supported Alabama-Based Rocket Launch Vehicles

U.S. Sens. Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions voted for Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2017 that contains a provision for Alabama-based launch rockets that are developed by a Lockheed Martin-Boeing joint venture in Decatur. The Senate voted 85-13 to pass the bill, which will go to a conference …

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Nuscale’s John Hoplins Begins Term as U.S. Chamber Chairman

NuScale Chairman and CEO John Hopkins began his term as U.S. Chamber of Commerce chairman this month, succeeding FedEx Freight Corp. CEO and President Michael L. Ducker. (Above photo: Michael L. Ducker, right, passes the chairman’s gavel to John Hopkins on Wednesday at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Photo by …

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U.S. Chamber Hosts Webinar on New Overtime Rule

Instead of focusing on policies that will create new jobs and enhance business opportunities, over the last seven years the Obama Department of Labor chose to micromanage business by forcing business to change its wage structure as a substitute for an improved economy. It’s like a tax due to the …

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Peyton Manning to Headline BCA’s 2016 Chairman’s Dinner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  May 25, 2016 Contact: Nancy Wall Hewston or Dana Beyerle (334) 834-6000 MONTGOMERY – The chairman of the Business Council of Alabama today announced that Peyton Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, will be the keynote speaker at the BCA’s 2016 Chairman’s Dinner that …

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Labor Department Releases 508-Page Draft Final Overtime Rule

Liz Schrayer, center, President of U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC), briefs U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile, right, on the importance of strategic investments and diplomacy to advance America’s national security and economic interests in a global world. Attending the meeting was Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. …

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Ex-Im Workshops Planned for Huntsville, Birmingham, and Mobile

The Alabama Small Business Development Center Network is hosting three training workshops next week for small businesses to learn how to effectively use the Export-Import Bank of the United States. The workshops on Reducing Risk & Unleashing Opportunity will be in Huntsville, Birmingham, and Mobile, from 8 a.m. to 1 …

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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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BCA Commends Alabama Legislature for Protecting Businesses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2016 Contact: Nancy Wall Hewston or Dana Beyerle (334) 834-6000 MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Business Council of Alabama today commended the Legislature for strong bipartisan passage of SB 270, the deceptive trade practices bill by Sen. Phil Williams, R-Rainbow City. “Senate Bill 270 will head …

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