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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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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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