Behave badly in a boat? You now have a better chance of seeing the inside of an Alabama jail.
Starting January 1, our state will treat boating incidents more like car and truck accidents. Here is an example: reckless boating, which was a misdemeanor, is now a boating violation. That change means tickets cost more, and jail time can be included. Increased penalties are also included for having a child under 8 on board without a life jacket and boating without a safety certification.
My strong legal advice … check the new law before you put your boat in the water this year. I expect the new laws will mean more vigorous enforcement.
Now, this is a little tough to understand, and I am not a tax lawyer, but here goes. The state of Alabama will not charge state income tax on overtime. I am told it should save hourly workers who do work past 40 hours a week about 5%. I am trying to imagine how employers will keep up with this.
Our state adoption laws have not changed in about 30 years. Starting in 2024, adopting a child should be easier and quicker. The significant change is separating child adoption from the process of appointing a guardian for an adult. The new law also opens communication between the different court systems.
New Specialty License Plates
If you want to pay for a license plate to help a good cause, there will be several new ones this year. For example, helping veterans of recent conflicts, brain cancer research, and emergency medical service providers.
Doggie Dining Still Rocks
I am happy to report the dogs allowed in outdoor seating at Alabama restaurants is still on the books. Woof.
If you suffer from an accident – car, boat, on-the-job, slip and fall, nursing home abuse, etc. – you can talk to us at the Law Firm of Eiland and Ritchie (251) 666-1212. Remember that it is free. We want to help you.
Join us on Sunday night for a shortened NBC 15 LawCall show here in Mobile. We are taking a break during football season but will return to our 30-minute show later in January. All this season, we have been putting aside a few extra hours on Monday mornings to answer any of your legal questions. Just call our office.
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