Drive-thru alcohol in committee next week; House OKs Faunsdale Sunday sales; Orange Beach and Gulf Shores entertainment districts nears final OK

Legislation that would allow retailers licensed for off-premise alcohol sales to have a drive-through or walk-up window is set for committee consideration next week.

SB155 by Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, is scheduled to be before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee at its Tuesday, March 3, meeting.

ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS
Legislation to allow Orange Beach and Gulf Shores to have up to three entertainments districts for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages is ready for final consideration in the House.

Wednesday, the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee approved SB48 by Sen. Chris Elliott, R-Fairhope. The bill would add those two Class 8 cities “whose corporate limits touch the high water mark of the Gulf of Mexico” to the state’s entertainment district law. Retail liquor license holders within those cities’ entertainment districts could sell alcoholic beverages on a deck, boardwalk or city sidewalk immediately adjacent to or connected to their premises as well as during special events, directly outside the entrance of the premises. The Senate approved the bill Feb. 13.

SUNDAY SALES
The House approved legislation Tuesday, Feb. 25, to allow the Faunsdale Town Council to regulate on- and off-premise Sunday alcohol sales through a town ordinance. HB142 by Rep. Ralph Howard, D-Greensboro, now goes to the Senate Local Legislation Committee for consideration.

OTHER ALCOHOL-RELATED LEGISLATION

Wine Festival and farm winery bills ready for Senate consideration (Feb. 20, 2020)

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