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Senate President Pro Tem speaks about important Business Council of Alabama tax, school issues (VIDEO)

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh spoke to the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee today and addressed Taxpayers Bill of Rights II legislation and Alabama College and Career Ready Standards, commonly known as Common Core. Marsh, R-Anniston, said he has “no issue” with updating the 1992 TBOR law …

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House Speaker vows to maintain a business-friendly house of reps (VIDEO)

House Speaker Mike Hubbard on Tuesday (Jan. 21) told the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee that he is proud of the House’s pro-business accomplishments and his goal is to protect the business-friendly House in the 2014 election cycle. Hubbard, R-Auburn, the first Republican House speaker in 136 years, …

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Governor Bentley’s chief of staff promises support for Business Council of Alabama’s legislative goals (VIDEO)

Governor Robert Bentley’s chief of staff said Bentley will support vital Business Council of Alabama education, workforce preparedness, and business tax initiatives in the 2014 legislative session that began at noon today. Chief of Staff David Perry spoke to the BCA’s Government Affairs Conference on the opening day of the …

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Governor Bentley’s legislative director summarizes the 2013 legislative session

Governor Robert Bentley’s legislative director today summed up the 2013 regular legislative session for the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee. With five legislative days remaining in the scheduled 30-day session, Legislative Director Blaine Galliher said most of the BCA and the administration’s important issues have passed or are …

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Legislators outline the omnibus gun bill at the BCA government committee

Two House members who are deeply involved with the omnibus gun bill that is opposed by the Business Council of Alabama discussed the legislation that was the subject of a public hearing in the House today. Reps. Ed Henry, R-Hartselle, and Jack Williams, R-Vestavia Hills, spoke to the BCA’s Governmental …

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Repaying $437 million rainy day fund is education budget chairman’s priority

The chairman of the Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee today told the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee that he wants the Alabama Trust Fund rainy day education account repaid as quickly as possible and he said a cigarette tax increase bears consideration to help state finances. Sen. …

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Senator says omnibus gun bill won’t pass in its current form

The chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary committees addressed the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday and one of them predicted that the omnibus gun bill currently in the Senate won’t pass in its current form. Rep. Paul DeMarco, R-Homewood, and Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, chairmen …

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Senate Majority Leader: Method to pass school bill was necessary (UPDATE: Judge temporarily blocks bill’s transmittal to governor)

Senate Majority Leader Jabo Waggoner on Tuesday told the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee that the way the Senate passed a controversial school flexibility and tax credit bill last week was necessary but he was ashamed of the unprofessional reaction by some. Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, said Senate majority …

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House Rules Chair Addresses BCA Governmental Affairs Committee

House Rules Committee Chairman Mac McCutcheon updated the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee today on separate workplace gun and school standards legislation pending in the 2013 legislative session. McCutcheon, R-Monrovia, is in his second legislative term but his first regular session as chairman of the powerful, agenda-setting Rules …

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Senate Minority Leader Vivian Figures speaks to BCA Governmental Affairs Committee

State Sen. Vivian Davis Figures of Mobile introduced herself Tuesday (Feb. 19) to the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee as the new Senate Minority Leader for the remainder of the 2010-14 legislative term. “I was elated and looking forward to coming here,” she said. Figures explained her vision …

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