Retail Report: Daycare Tax Credits, Workforce Bills Introduced

Before leaving town for a legislative spring break, the governor and legislative leaders announced a package of sweeping workforce development bills that includes tax credits for employers who build childcare facilities or subsidize childcare for their employees. When the Legislature returns, lawmakers are expected to take up the state’s budgets and the workforce bills.

In the sixth week of the 2024 regular session, bills that would do away with unintended red tape for small businesses and create a tax exemption for baby products received approval from one chamber while legislation related to pharmacist/technician ratios is on the governor’s desk.

The Alabama House will reconvene at 1 p.m. and the Senate at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, for the 18th legislative day of the 30-day regular session. Expect the next Alabama Retail Report on Friday, April 5.

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Lawmakers propose employer childcare tax credits (

In 2025, small corporations won’t have to file annual report with Secretary of State under House-approved bill (

Pharmacy board’s ability to set the ratio of technicians to compounding pharmacists receives final OK: bill is on the governor’s desk (

Senate votes to increase civil and criminal penalties for violating child labor laws (

Eliminating school permission form for 14- and 15-year-olds on House’s April 2 agenda (

State tax exemption for baby bottles, formula, breast pumps, diapers, maternity clothes and menstrual hygiene products now same in House and Senate (

Senate panel amends House-passed bill to require restaurants and delis to add country-of-origin labeling for fish and shrimp (

‘Working for Alabama’ bills aim to improve state’s workforce participation rate (

House OKs further vape oversight and enforcement; Parental notification of arrests of underage vapers one-step from final approval (

Expansion of ready-to-drink cocktail sales legislation surfaces after task force recommends against it (

Senate panel OKs standards for data brokers; bill adds precise location and proprietary network information to data breach notification (

Proposals to include sheriffs in restitution from organized retail thieves and data privacy among introductions  (

Alfa asks to offer health plans to members; opponents say it’s not regulated insurance (

Alabama gambling bill stalled after Senate changes (

‘Adventure’ sales tax holiday one of several tax exemption bills (

Alabama House votes to give paid parental leave to state employees (

Energy choice legislation for appliances in line for final consideration on April 2 (

Rep. John Rogers resigns, special election called for House District 52 (

Huntsville-area voters to choose state representative next week  in rare competitive race (

Secretary of State certifies Primary Election results and candidates for April 16, 2024 runoff (

Alabama Goods featured on Simply Southern TV (

Punta Clara Kitchen has chocolate bunnies, bonnets and eggs as well as panorama eggs and cakes for Easter (

Alabama Small Business Development Center features Kind Kups during SBDC Day (

Federal judge blocks National Labor Relations Board joint employer rule (

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