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Retail Report: 2017 Regular Session Summary

Retail Report: 2017 Regular Session Summary

Delivery license reform, a change in the back-to-school sales tax holiday date and alcohol sales for Sunday brunch topped the retail news that came out of the Alabama Legislature’s 2017 regular session. The Alabama Retail Association thanks Gov. Kay Ivey,…

Governor signs delivery license reform into law

Governor signs delivery license reform into law

Starting Aug. 1, retailers can deliver up to $10,000 in merchandise annually to a city before a $100 delivery license will be required under Act No. 2017-415. Gov. Kay Ivey signed SB316 by Sen. Paul Sanford, R-Huntsville, and Rep. Paul Lee,…

New law allows alcohol sales during Sunday brunch

New law allows alcohol sales during Sunday brunch

Local governments that already have Sunday alcohol sales can permit Sunday morning sales under a bill the Alabama Legislature passed on the  final day of the 2017 regular session. The governor signed Act No. 2017-444 into law May 26, 2017. It was…

Retail Report: Delivery license reform on governor’s desk

Retail Report: Delivery license reform on governor’s desk

In the final minutes of the Alabama Legislature’s 2017 regular session, lawmakers approved Alabama Retail Association-backed delivery license reform. The House passed the bill on a 101-2 vote, and the Senate quickly concurred. It was sent to the governor at…

Photographic services exempt from use taxes

Photographic services exempt from use taxes

Services provided by photographers and commissioned portrait artists are now exempt from gross receipts under Act No. 2017-397. On Friday, May 26, Gov. Kay Ivey signed HB290 by Rep. April Weaver, R-Brierfield, into law. It was immediately effective. Sitting fees, consultation…

More than a dozen Sunday alcohol bills became law in the 2017 regular session

More than a dozen Sunday alcohol bills became law in the 2017 regular session

 SUNDAY SALES In the 2017 regular session, laws passed allowing the city councils in Athens,  Clayton, Eufaula, Jacksonville, Lincoln, Littleville, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, Stevenson, Thomaston, Troy and Tuscumbia to authorize Sunday alcohol sales. Florence can authorize off-premises sales on Sundays, under legislation that became law this session. Etowah County and all of its…

New Alabama laws that become effective Aug. 1

New Alabama laws that become effective Aug. 1

Besides delivery license reform, two other laws become effective Aug. 1: Revisions to pharmacy operating practices under the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy, which creates new licensees and adjusts fee ranges for out-of-state pharmacies; and a Ban on over-the-counter eyewear with…

LLC members can exempt themselves from workers’ comp coverage

LLC members can exempt themselves from workers’ comp coverage

As of Aug. 1,  members of a limited liability company can exempt themselves from Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act coverage. Corporate officers already have that option. Act No. 2017-390 by Rep. Danny Garrett, R-Trussville, also removes the requirement that written notification be…