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2013 Senate Bill 650: Exempt small brewers from wholesaler monopoly mandate

Public Act 50 of 2014

  1. Introduced by Sen. Joe Hune (R) on October 24, 2013, to allow very small commercial brewers (ones that produce fewer than 1,000 barrels per year) to sell directly to a retail merchant, rather than being mandated (like larger producers) to sell through one of the regional wholesale distribution monopolies that are protected by current liquor control regulations. This is part of a package of modest liquor law reforms comprised of Senate Bills 504 to 507, 651, and House Bill 4277.
    • Referred to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on October 24, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on October 29, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on November 7, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 7, 2013.
  2. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 7, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on November 7, 2013.
    • Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on November 7, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on March 4, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on March 6, 2014. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on March 6, 2014.
  4. Passed 105 to 3 in the House on March 12, 2014, to allow very small commercial brewers (ones that produce fewer than 1,000 barrels per year, labeled by the bill "qualified micro brewers") to sell directly to a retail merchant, rather than being mandated to sell through a member of a state beer wholesaler cartel created by current liquor control laws. This is part of a package of modest liquor law reforms comprised of Senate Bills 504 to 507, 651, and House Bill 4277.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on March 13, 2014.
  6. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on March 13, 2014, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on March 25, 2014.

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