Legislation

Franchise and vaping regulation among introduced bills

Franchise and vaping regulation among introduced bills

FRANCHISE RELATIONS When the Alabama Legislature returns from its spring break, the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee will consider legislation intended to protect franchisees from unfair treatment by franchisors. The legislation seeks to prevent fraud, unfair business practices and unfair competition….

Contact Congress about needed fix to Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Contact Congress about needed fix to Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Retail and restaurant renovations and investment will benefit from bipartisan legislation already before the U.S. Senate and soon to be introduced in the House. S. 803, the Restoring Investments in Improvements Act, corrects a typo in the 2017 Tax Cuts…

Amendment alleviates issues with telemarketer legislation

Amendment alleviates issues with telemarketer legislation

Several bills have been introduced in the 2019 regular session to ban and set penalties for telephone solicitors who intentionally use misleading caller identification information. A coalition, including the Alabama Retail Association, worked to amend the first of those bills…

Retail Report: 2018 Regular Session Summary

Retail Report: 2018 Regular Session Summary

In its 2018 regular session, the Alabama Legislature again revised the state’s voluntary use tax program to further level the playing field between brick-and-mortar and online-only retailers. Stay tuned for more on April 17, when the U.S. Supreme Court delves…

Third-party online sellers draw closer to brick-and-mortars

Third-party online sellers draw closer to brick-and-mortars

Online marketplaces will either have to remit use tax or report sales made to Alabama consumers through third-party vendors under the latest revision to Alabama’s Simplified Seller Use Tax. Act No. 2018-539 by Rep. Rod Scott,  D-Fairfield, and Sen. Trip Pittman, R-Daphne, takes…

More than 20 local alcohol bills became law in 2018

More than 20 local alcohol bills became law in 2018

More than 20 local alcohol bills became law in 2018. SUNDAY SALES Sunday sales can be permitted by resolution, ordinance, a majority vote of the governing body or referendum. These cities and counties received state legislative permission in 2018 to…

Legislation that died in 2018 could return in 2019

Legislation that died in 2018 could return in 2019

As it did in 2017, legislation to reduce business license costs specifically for pharmacists did not make it through the legislative process in 2018. That bill or broader business license reform could return in 2019. Other legislation that died in…