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Business Groups Support Ozone Implementation Legislation

The Business Council of Alabama joined other business groups to support federal legislation that would extend the ozone standards deadline until 2025. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce circulated a letter in support of H.R. 4775, the “Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016,” which the BCA signed along with more than …

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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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Alabama Businesses are Hit Hard By Federal Regulations

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released a major study that shows the tremendous costs of ever-increasing regulations by the Obama Administration on not only Alabama business but also nationwide. In the study, Alabama was ranked 13th most affected by the impact of regulations on business, primarily environmental regulations and …

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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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U.S. Chamber Concerned with Administration’s Final Rule that will Hurt Middle-America Savers

On Wednesday the Obama Administration’s Department of Labor released its final redefinition of a fiduciary rule under the Employee Retirement Security Act and initiated one of the biggest changes to the retirement system in the history of the 401(k). The rule will push Americans out of private investment accounts in …

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BCA Backs Medicare Advantage Retiree Coverage Protection

The Business Council of Alabama has joined the Coalition to Save Medicare Advantage Retiree Coverage by signing a letter that was sent this week to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt. The letter urges Slavitt to rescind proposed cuts to the Medicare Advantage Retiree Coverage that is …

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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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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Honors Alabama’s Congressional Delegation with Spirit of Enterprise

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today honored four members of Alabama’s U.S. House delegation with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award in recognition of their support for pro-jobs, pro-growth policies in the first session of the 114th Congress. The four are U.S. Reps. Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville; Bradley Byrne, R-Mobile; Martha …

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Alabama’s Senior U.S. Representative Shares Thoughts about GOP Primary

U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, in Montgomery for meetings, was invited to attend this week’s Business Council of Alabama’s Tuesday Briefing. Rep. Aderholt, R-Haleyville, is in his 10th term and serves on the important House Appropriations Committee and chairs the subcommittee on agriculture. Bringing the Tuesday Briefing audience up to speed …

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