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House Education Budget Chair Addresses Teacher Pay Raises, Pre-K funding, and Increases for Other Programs

House Ways and Means Education Committee Chairman Bill Poole addressed today’s Business Council of Alabama’s Tuesday Briefing that was held at the midpoint of the 2016 legislative session. Speaking on the 15th day of the session that cannot last beyond 30 working days, Rep. Poole, R-Tuscaloosa, said the House is …

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

U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt was an additional bonus speaker today at the Business Council of Alabama’s Tuesday Briefing. Rep. Aderholt, R-Haleyville, in Montgomery for meetings, was invited to attend the Tuesday Briefing. He is in his 10th term and serves on the important House Appropriations Committee and chairs the subcommittee …

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Should Alabama “Ban the Box”? State Senate Minority Leader Says Yes

Alabama Senate Minority Leader Quinton Ross spoke today at the Business Council of Alabama’s Tuesday Briefing. Sen. Ross, D-Montgomery, talked about the remainder of the 2016 regular legislative session. This morning’s briefing was sponsored by the Montgomery Chamber. The House and Senate reconvene today for the 13th working day of the …

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Legislative Leadership Staff Discuss 2016 Session; BCA Chairman Addresses Tuesday Briefing

The chiefs of staff to House Speaker Mike Hubbard and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh updated today’s Business Council of Alabama’s Tuesday Briefing on the pace of the 2016 regular legislative session. Hubbard’s chief of staff, Jim Entrekin, and Marsh’s chief of staff, Philip Bryan, spoke at today’s Tuesday …

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Student Data Bill Will Show Us What Is Working In Education

House Education Policy Committee Chair Terri Collins today said that Alabama needs a student performance measuring tool known as a longitudinal data system that will greatly aid the evaluation of how well students are doing from early schooling to their first jobs. Collins, R-Decatur, has sponsored HB 125. It would …

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House Rules Chairman Urged Support for Transportation Funding

House Rules Committee Chairman Mac McCutcheon at this week’s Business Council of Alabama Tuesday Meeting said while business-backed measures and the General Fund will be on the House’s agenda over the next several legislative days, transportation funding is the significant issue for Alabama’s economic vitality. McCutcheon, R-Huntsville, said transportation funding …

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Senate Leader Promotes Teacher Raises, Mentoring, and School Evaluations

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh told Business Council of Alabama’s Tuesday Briefing today that he supports business and education collaborating to improve education in order to ensure that students are ready for the workplace or their continued education. Marsh described his yet-to-be-introduced “Rewarding Advancement in Instruction and Student Excellence …

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Quick Action On BCA Legislative Agenda Items is Vowed By Speaker Mike Hubbard Who Receives Business Champion Award

House Speaker Mike Hubbard said today that three Business Council of Alabama-supported pro-business legislative items will get swift House action in the 2016 regular session that began today in Montgomery. The BCA’s 2016 agenda includes support for HB 36, the Small Business Act sponsored by Rep. Kyle South, R-Fayette, HB …

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House Judiciary Chairman Says Vital Prison Reform is Halfway Finished

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Mike Jones spoke to the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee today and outlined the 2015 prison reform effort that includes vital funding that is near final passage. Jones, R-Andalusia, said the primary focus this year of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees has been …

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House Minority Leader Gives Thoughts on the Legislative Session and Thanks BCA Backing of Prison Reform

House Minority Leader Craig Ford discussed the past and future legislative session at today’s Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs briefing. Ford, D-Gadsden, outlined several revenue producing measures linked to gaming that have been introduced and the possibility that the 2015 legislative session will end without the completion of one …

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