Retail Report: Liquor Liability reform on fast track; raising threshold for sales tax prepayment moving

Legislation that will increase availability and reduce the cost for liquor liability insurance could receive final approval as early as the first week of April.

The Alabama Senate approved SB104 Thursday, March 23, and that bill plus its companion, HB158, have been assigned to the House Insurance Committee. Both are expected to be on the agenda for the committee’s Wednesday, April 5, meeting. The Senate bill could be on the House floor for final approval as early as Thursday, April 6.

Contact your representative and ask them
to Vote ‘Yes’ on SB104/HB158!

Thank you for contacting your senators about this much-needed legislation being championed by the Alabama Retail Association and a coalition of 10 other business interests, including the hospitality and insurance industries. The Alabama Legislature is taking its spring break next week. Your call or email over the next 10 days to your representative could help make sure this crucial revision to Alabama’s Dram Shop Act is enacted.

Keep reading for this and other top legislative stories of interest to retailers, including a bill that could mean more than 3,000 Alabama retailers will no longer have to prepay their monthly sales tax obligations.

The Alabama House convenes at 1 p.m. and the Alabama Senate at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, for the fifth legislative day of the 2023 regular session.

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House next to get liquor liability (Dram Shop Act) insurance reform legislation after Senate’s unanimous approval (

More small businesses could no longer have to prepay sales taxes under bill ready for House consideration (

Retail theft reforms part of district attorneys’ public safety package, expected to be introduced soon (

One-time competitive Main Street grants included in supplemental appropriation and other bill introductions (

Change in curbside alcohol service amounts and allowing 18-year-old servers at hotel restaurants among proposed alcohol-related bills (

Alabama House approves mandatory prison time for fentanyl (

Bills would prohibit sales of hemp-derived psychoactive cannabinoid products to those younger than 21 (

Tax rebates and grocery tax removal not on front burner in first full week of regular session (

Senate panel alters and approves bill that would cap occupational taxes at 1% (

Alabama has the highest local sales tax in the nation (

Alabama unemployment rate back to 2.5% record low in February (

Ivey signs spending plan for $1B in pandemic funds (

DHR to provide summer food assistance to 530,000 children with SNAP benefits (

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