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BCA Announces Support for September 18 Constitutional Amendment

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POINT CLEAR—The Board of Directors of the Business Council of Alabama today voted to support ratification of the proposed constitutional amendment appearing on the statewide ballot of the September 18, 2012 special election.  BCA president and CEO William J. Canary realeased the following statement after the vote of the board:

“While recognizing the imminent hardship that will occur in Alabama if this constitutional amendment is not approved, we believe the solution offered by the proposed amendment is temporary and imperfect.  It further depletes a significant portion of the state’s finite resources, purposefully set aside for the future, to serve current needs.  We are in this predicament because of a sustained, ongoing failure of leadership, and while BCA supports this initiative, we also call on our elected leaders to pass legislation that will require future legislatures to repay all withdrawn funds to the Alabama Trust Fund.  We further call on our elected leaders to reaffirm and redouble their commitment to operating as efficiently as possible while also eliminating waste.”

The Business Council of Alabama is Alabama’s foremost voice for business. The BCA is a non-partisan statewide business association representing the interests and concerns of nearly one million working Alabamians through its member companies and its partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama.  BCA is Alabama’s exclusive affiliate to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.

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Harrell will also continue in his role as BCA’s vice president of governmental affairs.


The bill's opponents include the Business Council of Alabama, Health Freedom Alabama and the Alabama Department of Labor.


The BCA said the bills cause confusion and forces businesses to "comply with conflicting state and federal laws."

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