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Fair Campaign Practices Act seminar to take place

The second seminar on the Alabama Fair Campaign Practices Act for the 2014 election cycle is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the State Capitol Auditorium in Montgomery. The first seminar was June 19 in Birmingham. A major change to the law affecting businesses was removal of the $500 campaign …

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Sen. Orr spoke to a full house at the first of four Partnership Summits

Business Council of Alabama and Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama partners met Wednesday in Decatur to discuss job creation, education, and economic development. Wednesday’s Partnership Summit included business, chamber, civic, and elected leaders who endeavor to make Alabama and their local communities great places to live, own businesses, work, …

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Congressman says Internet sales tax bill is likely to come up this summer

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama told a Montgomery Chamber of Commerce group this morning that the Senate-passed Internet sales tax bill should come up in the U.S. House of Representatives later this summer. The U.S. Senate on May 6 passed the Internet sales tax bill, properly named the Marketplace …

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2013 legislative session ends on positive note

The 2013 legislative session that began Feb. 5 literally lasted until the last minute Monday night with final passage of an important legal transparency bill and included early passage of a red tape reduction bill that were priorities of the Business Council of Alabama. “We’re pleased with government-efficiency and red-tape …

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High Academic Standards Survive the Session

The House Rules Committee this morning defeated Senate Joint Resolution 109 and closed the book on any attempt to repeal Common Core education standards, at least for this legislative session. SJR 109 by Sen. Dick Brewbaker, R-Pike Road, would have urged the state Board of Education to refrain from accepting …

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BCA supports comprehensive immigration reform

The Business Council of Alabama has signed a U.S. Chamber of Commerce letter to Congress in support of comprehensive immigration reform that is currently being considered. In fact, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee today began another round of considering markups, or amendments. The BCA joined hundreds of other professional organizations …

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Senate works through Water Resources bill

Last week, the Senate began working through S. 601, the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 (WRDA). A final vote is expected later this week. WRDA, which was unanimously approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in late March, is critical to our nation’s manufacturers as it ensures …

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Online sales tax bill passes Senate, faces uncertain future in House

The U.S. Senate on Monday voted 69-27 to pass S. 743, the Marketplace Fairness Act. The bill, which would allow states to collect taxes from online sales, sailed through the Senate with bipartisan support but faces a more complicated path in the House. The Senate bill and its House companion, …

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BCA files comments on proposed increases to ADEM’s permit fees

On Monday, the Business Council of Alabama filed comments on the permit fee increase rule proposed by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. As reported in last week’s Capital Briefing, the General Fund Budget, SB 143 by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, passed the House, and a conference committee has been …

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Former U.S. Representative and Florida Attorney General Testifies at Judiciary Committee Meeting

Former U.S. Representative and Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum visited Montgomery on Wednesday to testify at a public hearing before a joint House and Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on SB 134 and HB 227, which would limit the amount of contingency fees private attorneys could be paid when working on …

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