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2008 House Bill 6644: Ban all retail alcoholic beverage home shipments

Public Act 474 of 2008

  1. Introduced by Rep. Barbara Farrah (D) on November 12, 2008, to prohibit mail-order beer, wine or liquor shipments from any retailer to a customer’s home or business. The bill is a means to avoid complying with a federal court ruling that held state restrictions on such shipments from out-of-state retailers to be a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause.
    • Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on November 12, 2008.
      • Reported in the House on November 13, 2008, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
      • Amendment offered by Rep. Barbara Farrah (D) on December 4, 2008, to clarify a reference in the bill to another statute. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 4, 2008.
  2. Passed 97 to 9 in the House on December 4, 2008.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on December 10, 2008.
    • Referred to the Senate Economic Development and Regulatory Reform Committee on December 10, 2008.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on December 18, 2008, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that exempts people who live on islands from the ban. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 18, 2008.
  4. Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate on December 18, 2008, to prohibit mail-order beer, wine or liquor shipments from any retailer to a customer’s home or business. The bill is a means to avoid complying with a federal court ruling that held state restrictions on such shipments from out-of-state retailers to be a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on December 18, 2008, to prohibit mail-order beer, wine or liquor shipments from any retailer to a customer’s home or business. The bill is a means to avoid complying with a federal court ruling that state restrictions on such shipments from out-of-state retailers are a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause. Passed 98 to 4 in the House on December 18, 2008.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  6. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on January 5, 2009.

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