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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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Senator Predicts Whirlwind Final Third of Legislative Session

Senate President Pro Tem Jabo Waggoner today told Business Council of Alabama Governmental Affairs Committee members to expect heavyweight issues such as gaming revenue measures, tax proposals, downsizing state government, and building two state budgets during the final one-third of the 2015 legislative session. Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, was the speaker …

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House Rules Chair Outlines Remainder of Session For Pro-Business Legislature

House Rules Committee Chairman Mac McCutcheon spoke to the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee today on issues that will dominate the remainder of the 2015 regular legislative session. They include final passage of an update to the 2013 Accountability Act, the Open Meetings Act, legislative oversight, prison reform, …

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Northeast Alabama Senator Touts Committee’s Work Ethic

Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development Committee Chairman Sen. Phil Williams updated Business Council of Alabama Governmental Affairs Committee members today on the wide range of economic and fiscal issues that his committee handles. Williams, R-Rainbow City, said the renamed Fiscal Responsibility and Accountability Committee that he chaired in the …

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Senate Minority Leader Says His Goal is Healthy Business Climate

Senate Minority Leader Quinton Ross spoke to the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee today and addressed healthy business opportunities, universal pre-kindergarten funding, prison reform, and support for significant education standards. Ross, D-Montgomery, in his fourth term in the Senate, has a background in public education as a teacher …

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Senate Majority Leader Reed Addresses BCA Committee

Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed today updated Business Council of Alabama Governmental Affairs Committee members on education curriculum standards, state budgets, proposed taxes, and the remainder of the 2015 legislative session. Reed, R-Jasper, as Senate Majority Leader, acts as the focal point for Republicans in the Senate and as the …

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House Education Budget Chairman Says ETF is in Better Shape than General Fund

House Ways and Means Education Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Poole said today that the 2016 Education Trust Fund budget will be in better shape than the General Fund that a legislative budget chair says may face cuts next fiscal year. ”The ETF is looking strong, there were record sales …

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House and Senate General Fund Budget Chairs Say All Scenarios Are on Table

Speaking today to the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee, the chairmen of the House and Senate General Fund budget committees said all revenue and cost-cutting measures are on the table to help the Legislature deal with an ailing general government budget for next fiscal year. “As usual it’s …

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Senate President Pro Tem Backs Business-Oriented Agenda, Charter Schools

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh today said the Legislature that was elected in 2014 has business’s backs. Speaking to the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee, Marsh, R-Anniston, said he believes that the 2014-18 Senate class will be even more productive and responsive to voters than the class …

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House Speaker Hubbard Backs Business-Oriented Agenda

House Speaker Mike Hubbard said the House will support several Business Council of Alabama goals in the 2015 legislative session that begins today in Montgomery. Hubbard, R-Auburn, said the GOP’s plan is to quickly advance charter school legislation and send it to Governor Robert Bentley for consideration. “I believe this …

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