Lawmakers Pass Business Council Bill

Date: February 13, 2014

The state Legislature has passed a bill creating a council of business executives to advise state leaders on workforce development issues.

The Senate approved the House version of the bill 28-1. The bill now goes to the governor, who said he will sign it into law.

NFIB/Alabama State Director Rosemary Elebash served on the governor's College and Career-Ready Workforce Committee, which recommended the legislation.

Originally sponsored by Sen. Paul Bussman (Cullman), Senate Bill 217 would create an Alabama Workforce Council, made up of business and industry leaders appointed by the governor and other state officials. The group would advise the state's two-year college chancellor and state school superintendent on policies and programs affecting workforce development. 

Elebash says the goal of the council will be to help recruit new industries and help existing industries expand.

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