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High-Speed Internet Service Will Enable Rural Alabama Infrastructure Development

State Sen. Clay Scofield and Rep. Donnie Chesteen are the Legislature’s leading advocates of pending legislation that will encourage development of high-speed Internet service to rural Alabama. Without effective high-speed Internet, or broadband service, rural Alabama’s infrastructure will be unable to attract jobs, they said. Sen. Scofield, R-Guntersville, and Rep. …

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Senate, House Judiciary Committee Chairs Urge Business Support for Adult, Juvenile Justice Reforms

The chairs of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees were the speakers at today’s Business Council of Alabama’s Tuesday Briefing and 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 …

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Governor’s Chief of Staff Says Alabama’s Best Days are Ahead

“We are open for business. We’re doing quite well, and there’s room for even more” Governor Kay Ivey’s chief of staff, Steve Pelham, said at today’s Business Council of Alabama’s Tuesday Briefing that Alabama’s economic and education progress is a harbinger of what lies in the future. Pelham was introduced …

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House Education Budget Chair Says Alabama’s Progress Depends on Four Legs of Strength

House Ways and Means Education Chairman Rep. Bill Poole today said the next four legislative sessions could include modernization of Alabama’s budget process and its tax system. Rep. Poole, R-Tuscaloosa, was introduced at today’s Business Council of Alabama Tuesday Briefing by Business Education Alliance President and Chairman Joe Morton, Ph.D. …

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Senate, House Majority Leaders Give Update 2018 Legislative Session

Senate and House Majority Leaders Sen. Greg Reed and Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter spoke of politics, the 2018 legislative session, and Alabama’s economic future at today’s Business Council of Alabama Tuesday Briefing that was sponsored by McWane Inc. BCA member McWane Inc. is an international manufacturer headquartered in Birmingham that began …

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Unemployment Comp Bill Will Save Businesses At Least $56 Million Annually

Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee Chairman Sen. Arthur Orr said today that his bill to update Alabama’s unemployment compensation law could save businesses at least $56 million a year. The Senate voting 21-8 on Jan. 25 passed Sen. Orr’s SB 92 and sent it to the House Committee on Commerce …

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Legislative Rules Committee Chairs Foresee March Session End

Senate and House Rules Committee chairmen Sen. Jabo Waggoner and Rep. Mike Jones today 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 today’s Business Council …

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House General Fund Chairman Says This Year’s Budget is Fairly Sound

House Ways and Means General Fund Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Clouse today said congressional reapproval of the CHIPs insurance program alleviated one budget worry for Alabama’s General Fund, which is in relatively good financial shape this year and next. Congress in approving a continuing budget resolution on Monday also approved …

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Senate President Pro Tem Sees Shortened but Productive 2018 Session

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said today that the 2018 regular legislative session will be short but productive and will set the stage for important education and infrastructure issues in 2019. “I want to do everything I can to have a smooth session,” said Marsh, R-Anniston. “I promised an …

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House Speaker Promises Business Support in 2018 Legislative Session

House Speaker Mac McCutcheon today in the first Tuesday morning briefing of the 2018 regular legislative session said support of important business initiatives affecting taxes, jobs, and education will continue. McCutcheon, R-Huntsville, said he has reviewed the Business Council of Alabama’s 2018 Perspective of issues and “realized we are working …

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