Ivey signs delivery bill into law

Ivey signs delivery bill into law

From staff and wire reports

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama will allow people to get beer, wine and liquor delivered to their homes, under a bill signed Monday by Republican Gov. Kay Ivey.

A spokeswoman announced Ivey had signed the bill. It will become law in October.

The beverages would only be delivered to people age 21 and older by companies licensed to deliver. There would also be limits on how much could be delivered in a 24-hour period. For example, beer deliveries would be limited to five cases, and wine deliveries would be limited to 12 bottles.

Lawmakers have debated alcohol delivery bills for years, but the proposal never won final approval until this session.

Birmingham-based grocery delivery company Shipt was heavily involved this time around, arguing that the proposal would meet an existing demand.

Spokeswoman Evangeline George thanked the Legislature and Ivey for the new law.

“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,” George said.

“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.”