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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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Administration Infrastructure Plan to be Released Soon, Alabama Could Hit a Dead End

With the failure of the Alabama prison construction bill to pass in the 2017 regular legislative session, expect a special session to resume the attempt to forestall federal intervention in Alabama’s overcrowded prisons. A special session would be the opportune time to resurrect the Alabama infrastructure investment attempt in order …

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Senate Votes to Saddle Alabama Businesses with Obamacare-Style Tax Hike

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 17, 2017 MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Senate today voted 33-1 to pass an Obamacare-style tax hike mandating health insurance plans to cover certain treatments for autism spectrum disorder. The bill would mandate coverage for autism therapies even though the overwhelming majority of policyholders who will pay for …

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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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Congressman Rogers Says States Need Match for Federal Highway Funding

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks, brought information from Washington, D.C. to his district in Montgomery at the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce’s Eggs & Issues breakfast at the Alabama Activity Center this week. Rep. Rogers, who represents Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District, mentioned President Trump’s proposed infrastructure plan that will require …

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House Passes Obamacare Repeal

Six of Alabama’s seven members of Congress voted Thursday to repeal Obamacare, the 7-year-old government-mandated health insurance system that disrupted a working medical insurance system and increased costs. The vote sent H.R. 1628 to the Senate. Passage is a victory for Republicans, who reacted. “Today I voted for, and the …

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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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President Trump Proposes Major Tax Overhaul, Business Rate Set at 15 Percent

The White House on Wednesday proposed comprehensive tax reform that would end most deductions, kill the inheritance death tax, double the standard deduction, and simplify the system into three tax brackets, including 15 percent for corporations. The plan unveiled by Treasury Secretary Michael Mnuchin and National Economic Council Director Gary …

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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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BCA Applauds Governor Ivey’s Appointment of Lyn Stuart as Chief Justice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 26, 2017 MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary today issued the following statement upon the news that Governor Kay Ivey had appointed Associate Justice Lyn Stuart to be Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court: “Chief Justice Stuart has …

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