Alabama Retail Report: The Legislature’s First Week

The Alabama Legislature gaveled in its 2017 regular session Tuesday with such weighty issues as prison reform, redistricting and finding money for Medicaid needing attention.

More than 350 bills have been introduced so far, including ones calling on retailers to have a bathroom monitor (SB1) and creating a state minimum wage (HB26). As issues of interest to retailers move, the Alabama Retail Association will keep you informed. You can find a link to all of the bills your association is monitoring for you each week in our tracking report in the footer of this revamped and streamlined Alabama Retail Report.

We will give you the top headlines each week in This Week in Retail News (see below). Topping the list this week is a tax concept brewing in Washington known as border adjustment. ARA is part of a coalition united in an effort to stop it. The biggest state news: Alabama’s Jeff Session is now the U.S. attorney general and Luther Strange, Alabama’s former attorney general, has been sworn in as a U.S. senator. Keep reading for this week’s other top stories.


Border adjustment disastrous for small business, costly for consumers (

Sessions now U.S. attorney general; Strange now U.S. senator (

School sales tax holiday may move to July (

Lawmakers want to simplify simplified sellers law (

Bentley: Remove sales tax on groceries; let’s talk in the fall (

Data breach notification bill headed to Senate (

Judge dismisses challenge to Alabama’s wage preemption law (

ARA board member Wogan Badcock weighs in on swipe fee limits (Payments Source)

State political parties release their 2017 legislative agendas (


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