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2013 Senate Bill 27: Authorize refillable beer container sales

Public Act 27 of 2013

  1. Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on January 16, 2013, to allow merchants licensed to sell beer and wine for consumption off-premises, and bars or restaurants licensed to sell all legal forms of alcohol, to refill clearly labeled “growlers” (sealable containers of up to one gallon) with beer for consumption off-premises.
    • Referred to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on January 16, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on April 23, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on May 2, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 2, 2013.
  2. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on May 7, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on May 7, 2013.
    • Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on May 7, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on May 21, 2013, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Hugh Crawford (R) on June 6, 2013, to adopt a version of the bill that also would allow small winemakers to sell wine and hold wine tastings at farmers markets. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 6, 2013.
  4. Passed 101 to 7 in the House on June 11, 2013, to allow merchants licensed to sell beer and wine for consumption off-premises, and bars or restaurants licensed to sell all legal forms of alcohol, to refill clearly labeled “growlers” (sealable containers of up to one gallon) with beer for consumption off-premises. Also, to allow a "small winemaker" to sell wine and hold wine tastings at farmers markets; Senate Bill 79 sets the license fee for this at $25 per day.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on June 12, 2013.
  6. Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 12, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on July 2, 2013.

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