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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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WOTUS Decision a Win for Manufacturers

The Business Council of Alabama, the National Association of Manufacturers, and businesses across the United States praised Monday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that the long-standing Waters of the U.S. rule lawsuit belongs in federal district court, not in appellate court. “A regulation such as this one and its cost …

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What a Government Shutdown Really Means

The U.S. House late Thursday approved yet another continuing government spending resolution, and sent it to the Senate where the political game of blinkmanship – as in who blinks first – must be settled by midnight tonight or the government’s legal authority to spend money in certain areas ends until …

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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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Tax Cut Bonuses, Wage Increases Keep on Coming

The National Association of Manufacturers has compiled a partial list of companies whose employees are benefitting from the projected cash flow savings from the Republican tax cut of 2017. These companies are authorizing hundreds of millions of dollars in wage increases and bonuses. Walmart, probably the nation’s largest retail employer, …

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Alabama Senator Doug Jones Takes Office

Alabama’s new U.S. senator, Doug Jones, took the oath of office on Wednesday, and succeeded U.S. Sen. Luther Strange who had been appointed a year ago to fill the unexpired term of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, who became U.S. Attorney General. Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office …

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Alabama Gains Major Air Defense Wing

Governor Kay Ivey and state, local, and military officials on Thursday praised the announcement that the Alabama Air National Guard’s 187th Fighter Wing at Dannelly Field in Montgomery will be one of two locations in the United States that will house the new F-35A Joint Strike Fighter jet. Secretary of …

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