Legislation that would allow all classes of cities to authorize food and beverage trucks to sell alcohol in open containers in entertainment districts awaits final action on the final day of the 2023 regular session.
The Senate County and Municipal Government Committee on Wednesday approved HB304 by Rep. Neil Rafferty, D-Birmingham, sending it to the full Alabama Senate for consideration.
The Alabama House approved the bill May 24 on a vote of 68-24-10. The House amended the bill to direct the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board to require that food trucks selling alcohol in entertainment districts have security cameras and added a provision that food trucks could not sell alcohol within 150 feet of an ABC licensee.
Rafferty said his legislation emphasizes local control as to whether food trucks can sell alcohol in established entertainment districts.
In 2022, Rafferty successfully sponsored legislation that allows food and beverage trucks to sell alcohol in open containers within Birmingham’s entertainment districts.
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