Introduced bills would repeal Alabama’s minimum wage preemption and right-to-work laws; create new fireworks regulations

Legislation introduced this week would repeal the 2016 Alabama Uniform Minimum Wage and Right-to-Work Act, which prohibits local governments from requiring minimum wages, paid or unpaid leave, vacation time or work schedules. HB482 has been assigned to the House State Government Committee, but not yet scheduled for consideration.

At its meeting next week, the Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development is expected to consider newly introduced legislation to update fireworks regulation in Alabama. Among other provisions, HB432 / SB289 would permit the statewide use or sale of non-aerial and novelties, such as ground or hand-held sparklers, while allowing cities to continue to prohibit the sale or use of aerial fireworks.

Other legislative introductions so far in the 2019 regular session include:

  • state lottery – SB116SB130SB220. The Senate Tourism Committee has SB220 on its agenda for Tuesday, April 23.
  • Bills related to employment and wage discrimination – HB225 and HB271.
  • HB406 to ban vaping or use of e-cigarettes anywhere smoking in prohibited. It allows employers to designate certain areas for use of e-cigarettes and allows restaurant owners to choose whether or not to allow the use of e-cigarettes at their business. The bill awaits consideration by the House Commerce and Small Business Committee. Other legislation being considered regulates the vaping industry.
  • HB317 to repeal the Motor Fuels Marketing Act, a law that makes it unlawful to sell fuel below cost. The House Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure Committee carried over this legislation earlier in the session.

Other legislation of interest:

UC changes would save employers $42.3 million annually 


Franchisee protection, Business Entity
and LLC revisions see action this week


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