At midnight Monday, the Alabama Legislature gaveled out its 2021 regular session. On the final day, about 50 bills traveled through the hoppers in each of the two legislative chambers, including a record $2.4 billion General Fund budget. Meanwhile, one week before the final day, the governor announced that Alabama will no longer be accepting the extra $300 a week in federally funded unemployment compensation benefits, starting June 19.
The Alabama Retail Association had been tracking 15 of the bills acted on by the Legislature or the governor in the final day, some of which are now law and others that are on the governor’s desk. She has 10 days to either sign or pocket veto any legislation that passes in the final five days of a session.
And though the regular session is done, the Legislature’s work for the year is not. Lawmakers are expected to meet in special session on redistricting and possibly on prisons and gambling legislation, if lawmakers can agree on a plan. The Alabama Legislature’s 2022 regular session begins Jan.11.
To learn about issues of importance to retailers that await the governor’s action, died or became law in the session’s final days, continue reading. Expect a more complete summary of the 2021 regular session sometime in the next two weeks.
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THIS WEEK IN RETAIL NEWS
Law allows medical marijuana in Alabama, possibly by fall of 2022 | Act No. 2021-450 (montgomeryadvertiser.com)
Session ends without lottery/gaming decision; governor says agreement needed before special session (AP via aldailynews.com)
Retail sales of consumer fireworks and novelties can begin July 12 in Alabama (alabamaretail.org)
Alabama expands vaccine eligibility to include those 12 and older (governor.alabama.gov)
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