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The Alabama Senate voted 28-0 on Tuesday to concur with House changes to the alcohol delivery bill. The legislation now awaits Governor Kay Ivey’s signature. If approved the new law will go into effect on October 1st.
Sponsored by Vestavia Hills State Senator Jabo Waggoner, Senate Bill 126 allows customers to have alcoholic products home delivered from grocery and liquor stores, restaurants, and distilleries. It also sets up a delivery license process, fees and rules for alcohol delivery.
Birmingham-based Shipt was a major proponent of the bill. Last week, they issued the following statement praising the passage of the legislation in the lower chamber.
“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
What’s in the Bill?
Here are some of the key measures within the legislation according to ABC 33/40:
- Requires liquor drop-off to someone 21 or older who signs for the delivery
- Does not allow delivery in dry counties
- Allows up to 120 bottles of beer to be delivered to one customer in a 24-hour period, including no more than 2.3 gallons of whiskey or other spirits and no more than 12 standard bottles of wine
- Businesses delivering alcohol will need a license
The Alabama House strengthened the bill adding an amendment allowing brewpubs and distilleries the ability to have their products delivered.
The legislation now goes to the Governor for her approval.