Retail Report: General Fund budget heads to conference, 2021 session in final full week

The Alabama Legislature sent a record education budget to the governor this week and the state’s general operating budget to a conference committee amid two legislative days and a committee day packed with action.

Hundreds of bills also died this week as time winds down in the 2021 regular session. Only three days remain in the 30-day session. The Legislature is expected to meet two days next week, break for a week to allow the staff and governor to catch up on paperwork, then meet for the final legislative day May 17.

The Alabama House and Senate convene at 2 p.m. May 4 for the 28th legislative day.

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Ivey, state health officer encourage Alabamians to get COVID-19 shot as J&J vaccine resumes (

SBA opens Restaurant Revitalization Fund apps Monday; Register now or contact your POS vendor ( | Find this and more federal COVID-19 relief at

Further regulation of pharmacy benefit managers on governor’s desk (

Direct wine shipment on way to the governor; small winery direct sales/self-distribution heads to Senate (

Making accommodations for breastfeeding or pregnant women will return next session, sponsor says  (

North Dakota retailers sue Federal Reserve over failure to follow Congress’ direction on debit card swipe fees (

Recovering purchase price for bogus collectibles ready for final OK in House (

Census shows Alabama will maintain 7 congressional seats (AP in

Shoplifting bills introduced late in session; another awaits action in the Senate (

Small fireworks sales in retail stores headed to the governor (

As of July 1, customers can purchase one case of wine at Alabama wine festivals (

Bills giving Legislature more say in an emergency and making contact tracing voluntary advance  (

Creating cause of action for job applicant discrimination dies in committee (

Three bills increasing daily caps for off-premise sales at breweries and/or distilleries advance (

FDA moves toward banning menthol in cigarettes and all flavored cigars (

Suspension or revocation of retailer tobacco permits for nonpayment on governor’s desk; further regulation of tobacco, nicotine, vape sales and advertising ready for final consideration (

Alabama Retail Comp trustee, Montgomery restaurant owner dies suddenly at age 65 (

Bibb, Calhoun, Clay, Hale, Jefferson, Perry, Randolph and Shelby counties approved for FEMA assistance and low-interest SBA loans; businesses in 15 other counties eligible for Economic Injury Disaster loans (

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