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Alabama House OK’s bills for drive-thru alcohol sales, EMA funding opportunities

One bill would allow any retailer licensed to sell alcohol for off-premises consumption to sell beer and wine through a drive-through or walk-up window.

A view of the Alabama Statehouse on South Union Street in Montgomery, Alabama. (STOCK PHOTO)

The Alabama House on Thursday wrapped the week’s work by approving three bills before adjourning just after noon. 

House Bill 119, sponsored by Rep. Gil Isbell, R-Gadsden, would allow any retailer licensed to sell alcohol for off-premises consumption to sell beer and wine through a drive-through or walk-up window. An amendment was offered that would require all occupants in a vehicle using a drive-through window to buy alcohol be at least 21 years old, but the amendment failed in a vote. The bill was approved in a 65-18 vote. 

House members also passed HB 3 sponsored by Rep. Allen Treadaway, R-Morris, would add emergency management agencies to the state’s definition of entities that provide public safety services, which would allow those agencies to apply for a broader scope of federal funding, Treadaway said. 

HB 21 introduced by Rep. Scott Stadthagen, R-Hartselle, would include pipelines, mining operations and mining infrastructure to the list of critical infrastructure that is, by law, a crime to trespass on. The bill also increases the criminal charge for damaging critical infrastructure from a misdemeanor to a Class C felony, and would make it a Class C felony to damage that infrastructure using weaponized unmanned aircraft systems.  

HB 21 was substituted for the identical Senate Bill 17, which members approved on a vote of 99 to 1 with two abstentions. 

Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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