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Hundreds Rally in Support of Alabama’s High Academic Standards

Almost 300 people packed the marble steps of Alabama’s historic Capitol building for nearly an hour Tuesday morning to rally for the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards, or the Common Core Standards.  Led by State Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice, he once again explained to supporters the specifics of Alabama’s …

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Legislative leadership chiefs of staff outline 2013 session’s past and future

The chiefs of staff to House Speaker Mike Hubbard and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh reviewed the 2013 legislative session and outlined their expectations for the final one-third of the session that cannot last beyond May 20. Speaking to the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee, Josh Blades, …

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The House gives final approval of Red Tape Reduction Act

The House today gave final approval to the Red Tape Reduction Act, HB 101, by Rep. April Weaver, R-Brierfield. The House voted 94-0 to approve the version that passed the Senate. The House passed HB 101 on Feb. 12, it went to the Senate where it was substituted and amended, …

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In case you missed the BCA Webinar on Health Care Law and What Businesses Need to Know

If you are like many in the business community, you probably have questions about what the health care law means for you and your business. With so much information out there, it can be difficult to have a clear understanding of the changes in the law and how it applies …

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The omnibus gun bill covered by WHNT News 19 in Huntsville

With SB 286, the omnibus gun bill, expected to be on the floor of the Senate on Thursday, reporter Nick Banaszak of WHNT News 19 in Huntsville sat down for an interview with former BCA Chairman and current board member Phil Dotts of Public Financial Management.  Dotts stressed to Banaszak …

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Complicated Medicaid bill won’t move until all parties involved have input, a legislative sponsor told BCA members

The chairman of the House Health Committee told the Business Council of Alabama’s Governmental Affairs Committee today that parties affected by a new Medicaid bill will have input before the legislation gets a full House vote. Rep. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, chairman of the House Health Committee, and Sen. Greg Reed, …

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BCA Commends Legislative Leadership on Session’s First Half

“Not afraid to build foundations for change with the bricks that the status quo crowd has thrown at them.”  -William J. Canary The first half of the 2013 regular legislative session included accusations of shenanigans that caused fireworks in the Senate, the introduction of a controversial firearms bill, the beginning …

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Chamber Membership = Real Value

Does joining my local chamber of commerce affect the bottom line for my business? Is there any real value to my chamber of commerce membership? Is my local chamber of commerce membership an effective business strategy? Will my chamber membership really help my small business? As a local chamber of …

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Chairman Emeritus of the Business and Education Alliance, Dr. Joe Morton Testifies on College and Career Ready Standards

Thank you for the opportunity to speak before the Joint Committees on SB 190 and HB 254.  I am Joe Morton.  From January 2004 until September 2011, I served as state Superintendent of Education and was the state Superintendent in 2010 when the Common Core State Standards for English Language …

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Holley legislative consolidation bill loses in cloture vote

After four days of consideration, the Senate on Tuesday voted to carry over a bill that would have consolidated legislative support operations under the control of a handful of House and Senate members. Sen. Jimmy Holley, R-Elba, introduced SB122 to consolidate Senate and House operations. After four legislative days and …

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