Representative Chris Sells (R—Greenville) sponsored HB 147, which will outlaw municipalities from directly enacting an occupational, should they not have on in place before February 1, 2020 passed the House of Representatives last week.
It was fast tracked out of senate committee and onto the floor for final passage this week, where it passed 27-7 on a party line vote. It now goes to Governor Ivey for her signature or veto.
Also as promised by Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed, the Montgomery City Council approved a 1% business licensee fee on February 18th.
This sets up a probable legal fight between Montgomery and the legislature. Montgomery (or any municipality) must now petition the legislature and pass a separate bill allowing them to pass any new occupational taxes.