The Alabama Legislature’s 2022 regular session ended late Thursday with two new tax cuts on the governor’s desk and one signed into law. Lowering the alcohol server age in restaurants by a year and allowing drive-thru beer and wine and curbside alcohol also made it to the governor’s desk this week.
An Alabama Retail Association supported bill modeled after the federal INFORM measure received final approval shortly before midnight.
Gov. Kay Ivey signed the General Fund budget into law and the education budget is on her desk. Both are the largest in history.
The governor also signed legislation to eliminate the minimum business privilege tax by 2024, while tax cuts for families and retirees await her signature.
The governor has 10 days after the Legislature adjourns to sign or pocket veto bills that reach her fewer than five days before the end of a session. We will summarize the 2022 session after the governor has completed her work.
The Legislature is expected to meet in special session in the fall to appropriate more federal pandemic relief funds.
The state Legislature and its chief executive face election this year with the primary set for May 24 and the general election in November. (See full Election Calendar). The newly elected Legislature will meet in January for an organizational session. The 2023 regular session begins March 7, 2023.
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THIS WEEK IN RETAIL NEWS
Ivey inks Alabama’s $2.7 billion General Fund budget (alexcityoutlook.com)
Governor gets bill that aligns Alabama with federal law on unpaid leave for adoptive parents; requires at least 2-week paid leave for adoption if the employer offers paid leave for live births (alabamaretail.org)
President signs into law U.S. Postal Service bill saving 6-days-a-week mail delivery (marketwatch.com) | USPS seeks July stamp price increase (al.com)
MORE ALCOHOL: Washington County wet referendum on November ballot; Huntsville/Montgomery, Birmingham and more can expand/create entertainment districts; draft beer possible for Geneva, Lineville and Jackson (alabamaretail.org)
Immediate confiscation of unstamped tobacco products awaits governor’s signature (alabamaretail.org)
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