As promised, the governor this morning signed into law three top legislative priorities for the 2021 session – COVID liability protection, exemption of coronavirus relief payments from state income tax and renewal of industrial recruitment incentives.
“We remain committed to helping Alabamians and Alabama businesses get back on their feet and our state moving forward,” Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement. “These three bills, without question, were necessary to address up front.”
Alabama Retail Association President Rick Brown said, “Our association and its 4,300 members applauds the broad bipartisan support for shielding Alabama businesses and healthcare providers from unwarranted lawsuits related to the pandemic. We especially want to thank the governor, Sen. Arthur Orr and Rep. David Faulkner for their leadership.”
The Legislature, which has completed six of the 30 legislative days for a regular session, will take a break next week to assess the COVID-19 protocols used during the first two weeks of the session.
Your Alabama Retail Association will keep you informed throughout the session as issues of interest to retailers arise. Keep reading for this week’s top stories.
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THIS WEEK IN RETAIL NEWS
COVID liability protection for businesses now law (alabamaretail.org)
COVID relief benefits are Alabama income tax free (alabamaretail.org)
Direct wine shipment bill headed to Senate (alabamaretail.org)
Economic development incentives extended, expanded (alabamaretail.org)
Senate bill seeks to further regulate pharmacy benefit managers (alabamaretail.org)
Your 2021 Legislative Roster is ready to be downloaded and printed out (alabamaretail.org)
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