Alcohol delivery bill receives final OK, awaits Governor’s approval

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Six packs at the Piggly Wiggly in Mountain Brook. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

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.

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

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?

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Dread River Distillery. Photo via Bham Now.

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.

Final Step

The legislation now goes to the Governor for her approval.

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Pat Byington
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.
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