Retail Report: Dram Shop Act reformed; retail theft on deck; House OKs thousands no longer prepaying sales taxes

Retail-related legislation saw movement this week as the Alabama Legislature nears the mid-point of the regular session.

Legislation that will reduce the cost for liquor liability insurance has been signed into law, bills to prosecute and punish retail thieves are expected to receive committee debate and the Alabama House voted to drop the prepayment requirement for sales taxes for more retailers.

The state’s General Fund budget and supplements will be on the House floor Tuesday, the 14th day of the 2023 regular session.

The Alabama House will convene at 1 p.m. and the Alabama Senate at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25th.

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Governor signs liquor liability insurance (Dram Shop Act) reform into law (

Legislation targeting retail thieves and organized retail theft in committee next week (

Bill allowing more small businesses to no longer have to prepay sales taxes gets House approval (

Alabama unemployment at record low 2.3% (

Still no action this week on bills to phase out or eliminate sales tax on food and so far none planned for next week (

Budget committee OKs adding more employers and employees to health insurance premiums paid deduction (

Governor signs economic development ‘game plan’ into law (

House approves allowing curbside alcohol volumes to be same as allowed under home delivery (

House sends bill allowing remote work for pharmacists to the governor (

Entertainment district bills on governor’s desk; panel to consider food truck alcohol sales next week (

House panel approves Senate-passed bill to limit price gouging law to specific areas during emergencies  (

Bill allowing 18-year-old servers in hotel restaurants and allowing online responsible vendor training ready for final OK (

Introductions: Committees to consider bills to create doxing crime and provide further oversight for the vaping industry (

FDA authorizes changes to simplify use of Bivalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (

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