BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Starting next year, Alabama residents will need to be aware of several new laws that will be implemented across the state.
Here are the laws that will take effect in Alabama starting in 2023:
House Bill 272: Known as the “Constitutional Carry Bill,” the bill revises certain restrictions on carrying or possessing a pistol, in addition to eliminating the requirement to obtain a permit to carry a concealed pistol.
“Unlike states that do everything in their power to make life more difficult for law-abiding citizens, Alabama reaffirms our commitment to defending our Second Amendment rights,” Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement. “I have always stood up for the rights of law-abiding gun owners, and I am proud to do so again today.”
House Bill 17: Known as the Bill Clardy Act, this law will allow local law enforcement to use court-approved wiretaps in certain circumstances, such as drug investigations. The law is named after Bill Clardy, a Huntsville Police Department officer who was killed in a drug-related sting operation in 2019. The law will take effect in February 2023.
House Bill 513: Revises the definition of a shotgun as a weapon that is “manufactured or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder and designed or redesigned and manufactured or remade to utilize the energy of the explosive in a cartridge of Fixed shotgun for firing through a stringer carried either a certain number of bullets or a single projectile for each trigger pull.
House Bill 82: Law granting tax relief to certain families and groups after 2021. A section, which will be implemented in October 2023, covers exemptions from the departmental or municipal ad valorem tax.
House Bill 284: Amendment to the State’s Human Trafficking Act, specifically including the language of “the use or threat of use of any law or legal process, whether administrative, civil or criminal, in any way for a purpose for which the law was not intended, in order to exert pressure on another person to induce that person or another person to act or refrain from acting “.
Senate Bill 216: Amendment of the law on the sale and transport of tobacco products. Specifically, it requires sellers to sell tobacco products to purchasers using sales tax numbers to obtain a tobacco account and report sales on the Monthly Tobacco Sales for Resale Report; provide penalties for unregistered tobacco sellers who do not obtain a tobacco account.
Senate Bill 224: Amendment to the Unemployment Compensation Act, specifically emphasizing that “reasonable and active effort means engaging in systematic and sustained efforts to find work, including contacting at least three potential employers for each week of unemployment claimed”.
Senate Bill 330: Increase in Lee County Sheriff’s annual salary from $100,000 to $125,000 per year.
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