Retail Report: Retail theft bill awaits governor’s signature

Legislation creating a retail theft and organized retail theft law in Alabama awaits the governor’s signature to become law.

The Alabama Legislature gave final approval Wednesday to the Retail Crime Prevention Act, which allows retailers to sign out warrants for arrests without leaving their stores. It also gives convicted thieves and their organizers real jail time plus monetary consequences.

Other retail-related legislation awaiting the governor’s signature includes creating a better cash flow for small retailers and a reduction in the sales tax on food. Already law is a new standard for liquor liability insurancelimiting price freezes during emergencies to the areas affected and a revision in the volume of alcohol that can be sold curbside.

The governor this week signed into law both state budgets for next year and the supplemental appropriation plans for this year.

The Alabama House and Senate will convene for the final day of the 2023 regular session at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6.

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Bill on governor’s desk would allow retailers to sign arrest warrants without leaving stores, mean jail time & monetary consequences for retail thieves (

$150 Alabama income tax rebate coming later this year (

Incremental reduction of state sales tax on SNAP foods from 4% to 2% gains final OK (

Ending sales tax prepayment for 3,100 businesses is on the governor’s desk (

President to sign debt-limit deal and avert default during address this evening (

Legislature agrees to exempt overtime pay from Alabama income tax for at least 3 years; bill with governor (

Law effective Aug. 1 equalizes alcohol that can be sold curbside with what can be delivered (

Governor signs state budgets and supplemental appropriations into law (

Helena is one of three cities that gained approval for entertainment districts in 2023 (

Allowing food & beverage trucks to sell alcohol in entertainment districts pending on final day (

Mixed spirit beverage bills die due to inaction; study task force awaits final approval (

Sales tax free gun safes awaits action on final day of 2023 session (

Further vape oversight debated but not resolved this week; awaits action on 30th day  (

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