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Final Week of the 2018 Session

The Legislature completed its 2018 regular session on Thursday, departing early in order to campaign for the June 5 primaries. The session that began in January lasted 26 legislative days, four fewer than the 30 days allowed for a regular session. Legislators introduced 922 bills during the session. The Legislature …

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Week 11 of the 2018 Session

The Legislature completed its 11th week in regular session on Thursday, working three legislative days in preparation for the session’s probable finale next week. Through the 23rd legislative day, legislators have introduced 526 bills in the House and 396 in the Senate. The Legislature will reconvene on Tuesday for the …

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Dodd-Frank Rollback Goes to House

U.S. Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, and Doug Jones, D-Mountain Brook, voted Wednesday to pass bipartisan legislation that would reverse some of the regulations passed in the wake of the 2009 financial crisis. The Senate voted 67-31 to reverse portions of the law known as Dodd-Frank, the Associated Press reported. Alabama’s …

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Week 10 of the 2018 Session

Sen. Clay Scofield, R-Guntersville, chairman of the Senate Confirmations Committee, and Rep. Donnie Chesteen, R-Geneva, chairman of the House Technology & Research Committee, spoke at the final Business Council of Alabama Tuesday Briefing scheduled for the 2018 regular legislative session. They discussed compromise legislation to encourage high-speed Internet service that will …

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Week 9 of the 2018 Session

The chairs of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees were the speakers at this week’s Business Council of Alabama’s Tuesday Briefing. They urged business community support for juvenile- and adult-justice system reforms. Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Rep. Jim Hill, R-Moody, chairman of the …

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Senator Shelby is Expected to Lead Appropriations Panel

Sen. Richard C. Shelby, the expected next chairman of the Appropriations Committee, will slide into the role with a short time frame to finish work before the new fiscal year. The current chairman, Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., has announced his retirement effective in April after more than 45 years in …

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Week 8 of the 2018 Session

Steve Pelham, chief of staff to Governor Kay Ivey, spoke at this week’s Tuesday Briefing that was sponsored by the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, one of The Partners with the BCA and the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. Pelham discussed Alabama’s low unemployment rate and record employment, and …

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Administration to Impose Tariffs on Some Imported Metals

President Donald Trump said Thursday he will protect American metals production by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Trump said he will levy tariffs for “a long period of time” of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum imports, the Associated Press reported. “You will have protection …

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Week 7 of the 2018 Session

Rep. Bill Poole, R-Tuscaloosa, chairman of the House Ways and Means Education Committee, spoke at this week’s Tuesday Briefing that was sponsored by the Business Education Alliance of Alabama. The BEA assists in providing the best education opportunities and skills training available for Alabama’s public-school students. “We work on research …

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Manufacturing Stars Fall on Alabama

Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary joined National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons at BCA member Altec Inc. in Birmingham on Thursday for the Alabama segment of the NAM’s State of Manufacturing Tour. Timmons, Canary, and Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield …

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