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Governor Kay Ivey has signed into law the alcohol delivery legislation, a popular measure which allows for beer, wine and spirits to be shipped directly to consumers.
Alabama joins more than 30 states in the nation enacting similar legislation, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.
Shipt Thanks Gov. Ivey and Alabama Legislature
Birmingham-based Shipt praised the new law and described how it will be enacted in the coming months, in a statement to Bham Now.
From Shipt spokeswoman Evangeline George:
“Consumers across Alabama depend on Shipt to get their groceries and household essentials delivered, and soon they’ll be able to count on Shipt for delivery of their beer, wine and spirits too. This law brings more convenience for customers, expands work opportunities for shoppers, and drives business for retailers across the state – all while putting safety first with rules to help ensure deliveries with alcohol are made only to adults of legal drinking age. We thank Governor Ivey and the Alabama Legislature for their support in expanding delivery options across the state while prioritizing safety.
“Over the coming months, Shipt will work with both shoppers and retailers to prepare for the launch of alcohol delivery. Shoppers who wish to deliver orders with alcohol will complete a training and certification program that addresses topics like identifying underage individuals, intoxicated persons, and fake or altered identification.”
Other than allowing delivery, the bill also does the following:
- 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
A Wine Shipment Bill?
Now that the alcohol delivery bill has become law, next up is HB 437 the Wine Shipment bill sponsored by Rep. Terri Collins from Morgan County.. This legislation allows certain wine manufacturers to ship wine directly to consumers in the state. It passed 83-7 earlier this month and now moves to the Senate for committee action.
We’ll keep a close watch on this bill in the waning days of the 2021 session.