In the final minutes of the Alabama Legislature’s 2017 regular session, lawmakers approved Alabama Retail Association-backed delivery license reform. The House passed the bill on a 101-2 vote, and the Senate quickly concurred. It was sent to the governor at 9:30 p.m. May 19.
If Gov. Kay Ivey signs the legislation into law, starting Aug. 1, retailers will be able to deliver up to $10,000 in merchandise annually to a city before a $100 delivery license will be required. The legislation also caps issuance fees and penalties at $10 each and limits interest rates. Businesses will have 45 days to get a delivery license once it reaches the $10,000 annual threshold. Learn more.
The Alabama Retail Association thanks our sponsors – Sen. Paul Sanford, R-Huntsville, and Rep. Paul Lee, R-Dothan – for carrying the bill and making sure that it did not get lost as lawmakers pressed to close the 2017 session.
Thank YOU for contacting your lawmakers and making the voice of retail heard, especially the furniture, florist and durable medical equipment members who were willing to be quoted in media reports, in Alabama Retail-produced videos and in white papers provided to legislators. Your efforts made a difference.
Your association worked with the National Federation of Independent Business to see that this legislation of importance to retailers and other businesses that deliver received legislative approval.
This issue of the Alabama Retail Report sums up action in the final week of the 2017 regular session. In the coming weeks, we will provide you with a wrap-up of the entire 2017 session.
For more legislative news of relevance to retailers,
read This Week in Retail News.
THIS WEEK IN RETAIL NEWS
Ban of adjustable focus eyewear now law (alabamaretail.org)
Pharmacy practice revisions receive final approval (alabamaretail.org)
Flood of alcohol bills see action in final week (alabamaretail.org)
Bill allowing alcohol sales during Sunday brunch on governor’s desk (alabamaretail.org)
Workers’ comp exemption for LLC members receives final OK (alabamaretail.org)
Passed legislation would exempt photographic services from use taxes (alabamaretail.org)
Legislature approves bill defining franchisee employees (alabamaretail.org)
Special session possible on prisons (decaturdaily.com)
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