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2009 Senate Bill 470: Mandate beer keg buyer’s tags

Public Act 344 of 2010

  1. Introduced by Sen. Alan Sanborn (R) on April 28, 2009, to require retailers to attach an identification tag signed by the buyer to kegs of beer when they are sold, and not return the keg deposit unless the tag is still on the keg, subject to a $250 fine for failing to do either. A non-retailer possessing a keg without the tag would be subject to a $500 fine and 93 days in jail.
    • Referred to the Senate Economic Development and Regulatory Reform Committee on April 28, 2009.
      • Reported in the Senate on June 9, 2009, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on June 17, 2009, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that proposes smaller fines for retailer violations. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 17, 2009.
  2. Passed 34 to 0 in the Senate on June 25, 2009, to require retailers to attach an identification tag signed by the buyer to kegs of beer when they are sold, and not return the keg deposit unless the tag is still on the keg, subject to a $50 fine for failing to do either. A non-retailer possessing a keg without the tag would be subject to a $500 fine and 93 days in jail.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on June 25, 2009.
    • Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on June 25, 2009.
      • Reported in the House on June 9, 2010, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Mark Meadows (D) on December 15, 2010, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 15, 2010.
  4. Passed 55 to 39 in the House on December 15, 2010, to require retailers to attach an identification tag signed by the buyer to kegs of beer when they are sold, and not return the keg deposit unless the tag is still on the keg, subject to a $50 fine for failing to do either. A non-retailer possessing a keg without the tag would be subject to a $500 fine and 93 days in jail.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on December 15, 2010.
  6. Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on December 15, 2010, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on December 21, 2010.

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