Retail Report: Budgets, Food Sales Tax and Retail Theft Discussed

With 15 days done in its 30-day regular session, the Alabama Legislature this week moved one of the state’s budgets with the other expected to be close behind. All 35 senators got behind a $300 million tax cut on food sales taxes and retail crime legislation got its first committee consideration this week.

Much of the second half of the session will be spent with the Alabama Legislature deciding how it wants to spend (or not spend) state revenue.

The Alabama House will convene at 1 p.m. and the Alabama Senate at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, for the 16th day of the 2023 regular session.

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All senators sign onto bill to gradually reduce state sales tax on SNAP foods from 4% to 2% (

Senate panel OKs legislation targeting retail thieves and organized retail theft; House panel carries it over for more study (

Liquor liability insurance (Dram Shop Act) reform law among this week’s ceremonial signings (

By Aug. 1, governor or Legislature could limit price gouging law to specific areas during emergencies, under bill awaiting governor’s signature  (

Alabama House approves General Fund budget with 2% state employee pay raise (

House OKs adding more employers and employees to health insurance premiums paid deduction; Fate in Senate unclear (

Making curbside alcohol volumes same as allowed under home delivery ready for final debate in Senate (

Bill to exempt overtime pay from Alabama income tax for at least 3 years is on House agenda for May 2 (

Governor signs Shelby County entertainment district bills, Autauga County sales bill; panel OKs food truck alcohol sales (

House Health strips revenue measure from bill limiting sales of psychoactive cannabinoids (

House OKs expanding 1-time emergency refills; vaccine bill gets panel OK; remote work for pharmacists possible July 1 (

Bill banning involuntary microchip implanting passes Alabama House (

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

Introductions: Panel OKs doxing crime; further oversight for the vaping industry up for committee vote next week (

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