Here is the wording, the first line of the bill. Notice the words in parentheses. (Bolding is mine).
Introduced by Sen. Mark Jansen (R) on July 28, 2010, to allow the Spartan Stores grocery chain (but not other grocery chains like Meijer, Kroger, etc.) to hold wine tastings in its stores.
This is one of the most ridiculous bills to ever come forward. We have more pressing issues to worry about other than whether Spartan Stores but not Meijer's can have wine tastings. This is a direct carve out that benefits ONE grocery business. What makes Spartan Stores better than Meijer's. Why can't the competitor have wine tastings? What is good for one should be good for all.
Why don't we worry about funding education? Worry about balancing the state budget. Truly balance it but not on the backs of the taxpayers or the children in our public schools, but by cutting taxes.
This is another bad idea in a long string of bad ideas that comes out of Lansing and a pertinent point as to why we need a part-time legislature with part-time benefits.
I feel the real issue
here is why we are allowing any grocery store to hold wine tasting events. Our children are already bombarded enough by
alcohol advertisements and displays. The
Center on Alcohol Marking & Youth reports “The average age at which young people, ages 12 to 17, begin
to drink is 13 years old.” Another study
reported by the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention states:“Studies on the
of advertising on adults do not show a strong connection between exposure to
advertising and overall consumption. However, survey studies on alcohol
advertising and young people consistently indicate that children and adolescents,
who are exposed to alcohol advertisements have more favorable attitudes toward
drinking, are more likely to be underage drinkers, and intend to drink more
when they are adults.” The number one
killer of today’s adolescents is alcohol and alcohol related accidents. Allowing grocery stores whose most frequent patrons are
parents with young children, to do wine tasting events only adds yet
another dimension to the systematic entrapment of young children.