Kay Ivey signs bills to improve Alabama’s business climate


Governor Kay Ivey recently signed into law three bills to help improve Alabama’s business climate.

“From day one, my quest has been to ensure the world knows Alabama is open for business. By removing burdensome regulations on small businesses we are sending that signal loud and clear,” Ivey said. “When businesses spend less on overhead and government regulation, they can invest more in hiring; that’s good for all Alabamians.”

Senate Bill 316, House Bill 242 and House Bill 390 all reduce regulation and make it easier for small businesses to operate in the state.

Specifically, SB316 protects small businesses that are licensed in one municipality or county from being forced to buy a license in a second location just to make deliveries to that area. HB242 clarifies the state’s workers’ compensation law and makes it easier for small businesses to comply with the law. HB390 protects franchise parent companies from law suits initiated against the organization’s franchisees, thereby allowing for the expansion of franchise opportunities in Alabama.

“I am thankful for the work of the legislature in passing these bills, especially the sponsors, Senator Sanford, Representative Garrett, and Representative Carns,” Ivey added.

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Alabama expressed appreciation of Ivey’s support of the three pieces of legislation.

“NFIB Alabama members appreciate Governor Ivey’s support of the small business legislation that was signed into law. Governor Ivey has always been a great supporter and champion for small business,” said Rosemary Elebash, Alabama State Director for the NFIB.