liquor sales http://michiganradio.org en Panel to make recommendations on Michigan's liquor laws http://michiganradio.org/post/panel-make-recommendations-michigans-liquor-laws <p>A board that&rsquo;s advising Governor Rick Snyder on the state&rsquo;s liquor laws is close to making recommendations on how Michigan&rsquo;s alcohol rules should be altered.</p><p>Meanwhile, advocates that want to keep Michigan&rsquo;s current regulations say they&rsquo;re concerned about the potential changes. Among them is the possibility that the state will boost the number of liquor licenses it issues.</p><p>Harriett Dean is with the Clinton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.</p><p>&ldquo;The worry is that they will allow for increased density of liquor licenses in a community, they&rsquo;ll remove the 500 feet from a church or from a school current existing law, and that will increase exposure to young people to alcohol, as well as for adults too,&rdquo; said Dean.</p><p>But Andy Deloney, who chairs the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, says the advisory board does not choose which recommendations become laws.</p><p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s up to the governor to decide, that&rsquo;s not up to this committee to decide,&rdquo; Deloney said. &ldquo;The governor wanted these committees to be created and to do this work, and it&rsquo;s up to him to decide when and how and which recommendations he wants to go along with.&rdquo; Mon, 05 Dec 2011 22:03:03 +0000 Laura Weber 5258 at http://michiganradio.org Panel to make recommendations on Michigan's liquor laws Sunday morning alcohol sales won't happen everywhere http://michiganradio.org/post/sunday-morning-alcohol-sales-wont-happen-everywhere <p>Michigan's <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/news.newsmain/article/1/0/1727635/Michigan.News/Granholm.OKs.Sunday.morning.alcohol.sales">new liquor law</a> that allows alcohol sales on Sunday mornings and Christmas Day starts this weekend for establishments that have bought the proper permits. But, some <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/local-governments-consider-controls-sunday-alcohol-sales">communities in the state say they plan to continue to ban alcohol sales</a> during certain hours on Sunday.</p><p>As The Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p>Flint, Muskegon Heights, Garden City, Sturgis, Charlotte and all of Oceana, Ogemaw and Mecosta counties are among the places opting to continue banning Sunday morning sales.</p></blockquote><p>Local governments had until yesterday to let <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dleg/0,1607,7-154-10570---,00.html">officials</a> know if they wanted to continue to ban or limit the sales on Sunday mornings. Thu, 16 Dec 2010 14:10:25 +0000 Zoe Clark 616 at http://michiganradio.org Sunday morning alcohol sales won't happen everywhere OOPS: Mistake in Sunday AM Liquor sales law may leave some communities 'dry' on Sundays http://michiganradio.org/post/oops-mistake-sunday-am-liquor-sales-law-may-leave-some-communities-dry-sundays <p>A glitch in the new Sunday morning liquor sales law might be forcing Michigan communities to choose between opening the bars or going dry ALL DAY on Sundays.</p><p>When state lawmakers passed the Sunday morning liquor sales bill in the waning days of the legislative session, they made a small mistake. Lawmakers allowed communities to ban the sales, but the bill didn’t specify the time.&nbsp;</p><p>So now,&nbsp; if a community says it wants to ban liquor sales between 7am and noon on Sundays, the state <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dleg/0,1607,7-154-10570---,00.html">Liquor Control Commission</a> says the local government is banning all Sunday liquor sales.</p><p>Andrea Miller is with the Liquor Control Commission. She says the way the law is written&nbsp; it gives the commission no choice.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p><em>"Basically if they send in the resolution stating that they are banning the Sunday sales (of alcohol), they are banning Sunday sales completely."</em></p></blockquote><p>Miller says the commission has heard from more than 30 communities confused about the new law and its implications.</p><p>The Liquor Control Commission plans to put a hold license applications by businesses in those communities until the legislature has time to fix the law next year. Wed, 08 Dec 2010 20:23:17 +0000 511 at http://michiganradio.org OOPS: Mistake in Sunday AM Liquor sales law may leave some communities 'dry' on Sundays