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2013 Senate Bill 504: Revise liquor license law details

Public Act 46 of 2014

  1. Introduced by Sen. Joe Hune (R) on September 17, 2013, to establish that rules, orders, bulletins, declaratory rulings, or other administrative directives issued by the state Liquor Control Commission are void and not enforceable if they are not consistent with state liquor control laws, or do not “protect the public health, safety, and welfare of the citizens.” This is somewhat more restrictive on the commission than the current instruction that it construe the statute "liberally," meaning in a way that gives the commission more discretion.
    • Referred to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on September 17, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on October 29, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) 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 37 to 0 in the Senate on November 7, 2013, to revise the state Liquor Control Code, establishing that rather than being "liberally" construed, regulator should interpret the intent and purposes it sets forth and "protect the public health, safety, and welfare" of citizens.
    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 108 to 0 in the House on March 12, 2014, to revise the state Liquor Control Code, establishing that rather than being "liberally" construed, regulator should interpret the intent and purposes it sets forth and "protect the public health, safety, and welfare" of citizens.
    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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