Alabama House OKs alcohol home delivery & wine shipment bills

Alabama Capitol
State Capitol in Montgomery. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Did you hear champagne corks popping this afternoon? It probably came from the Alabama Statehouse down in Montgomery.

This afternoon, in a 79-12 vote, the Alabama House passed an alcohol home delivery bill. The legislation, which was approved by the State Senate in February, will allow delivery of beer, wine and liquor to individuals. The House version now goes back to the Senate for concurrence or a conference committee. Once it crosses that hurdle, the bill will be sent to Governor Kay Ivey’s desk for her signature.

Supported by Shipt

Shipt
Shipt downtown Birmingham, Alabama headquarters. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The alcohol delivery bill is strongly supported by Birmingham-based Shipt.  

Here is their statement about the passage of the House bill.

“We appreciate both the Alabama House and Senate for supporting a clear set of rules that will help ensure safe alcohol deliveries to homes throughout the state. We’ve heard consistently from customers across Alabama how much they value getting groceries and household essentials they need delivered by Shipt – but that they’d like the option of having alcohol along with the rest of their order. This legislation brings that convenience one step closer.”

Evangeline George, Shipt spokesperson

Wine Shipment Bill Approved

Wine bottles
Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

Wine connoisseurs had one additional reason to celebrate today. Later in the afternoon, the House approved HB 437 the Wine Shipment bill by Rep. Terri Collins. This legislation allows certain wine manufacturers to ship wine directly to consumers in the state. A customer can order up to 12 cases of wine a year.  The bill passed 83-7 and now moves to the Senate for committee action.

Next Steps

Watch the Alabama State Senate in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

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  • Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.