Alabama House OKs alcohol and wine home delivery bills

Alabama House OKs alcohol and wine home delivery bills
Shelta Cavern Spirits Vodka by Straight to Ale. Photo via Shelta Cavern Spirits on Facebook

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, no one would have ever predicted the statewide popularity of alcohol home delivery. Now, beer, wine and liquor drop offs are a step closer to becoming state law.

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.

Montgomery Advertiser reporter Brian Lyman tweeted out one of the few comments made before the bill’s passage.

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

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

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Alabama State Capitol, Montgomery. Photo via 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 from Morgan County. 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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