The Alabama Legislature began its 2020 regular session this week in the “best of times” economically, yet the “worst of times” as a federal takeover of Alabama’s prisons looms.
Coming up with an “Alabama solution” to overcrowded prisons will consume much of the legislators’ time. The state also will experience a statewide primary and the beginning of a critical census count in the first month of the three-month session, bringing added pressures to bear.
Although not part of criminal justice recommendations from a study group, legislation already has been introduced to increase Alabama’s felony theft threshold and create a separate crime for shoplifting.
Doing away with Alabama’s sales tax on groceries also was among the more than 350 bills introduced in the first week.
Your Alabama Retail Association will keep you informed throughout the session as these and other issues of interest to retailers arise. Keep reading for this week’s top stories.
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THIS WEEK IN RETAIL NEWS
Bill to make shoplifting a separate crime in Alabama back on table (alabamaretail.org)
Two approaches to removing sales tax on food introduced (alabamaretail.org)
New unemployment compensation law now in effect (aldailynews.com)
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