In an effort to raise revenue for the state of Michigan, its governor Jennifer Granholm pressed for an updated liquor code; an update that is hoped to be the push needed, to get from beneath a forever growing, chain reaction-type of financial crisis it has seen for many days – lately. The push for a change in the
Since the bill has been marked with a huge red “VETO” on the desk of Granholm, with no remarks as to why the bill was denied by the governor, Detroit residents will continue to purchase their alcholic beverages on Saturday nights, before 12 Midnight. Sorry.Michigan Liquor Control Code of 1998, made by Granholm was nearly two years ago, and was brought into fruition on Wednesday, September 22 with a bill being passed by state Legislature. And after the push, pressure and hardwork put into obtaining, passing of the bill, Granholm decided to veto the bill, after passed by the State’s legislature. One could question the reasons for Governor Granholm vetoing bill, after receiving it from the House, and possibly see a contributing factor to Granholm stamping “VETO” on the bill that [is] designed to help Michigan’s financial woes.
The updated liquor code will allow liquor sales at an earlier time on Sundays; sale of liquor can start as early as 7 a.m. A vast change in the existing law where liquor sales are prohibited before 12 noon on Sundays. But of course this not being without a special permit; permits allowing distributors to sale liquor earlier on Sundays, and up to 2 a.m. Monday, will cost an estimated, extra $160.
After pressing so hard to update the bill, one would expect Granholm to be relieved by the passing of the bill. But Governor Granholm housed her own concerns with the passed bill. Perhaps this concern arose after the bill went from 8 pages to 58 pages, once received by the deciding state Legislature. Additional provisions had been added by the lawmakers, leading Granholm to take a ‘closer look’ at the passed bill. Once the bill has reached Governor Granholm’s desk, she will have up to 14 days to review, and sign it.
By signing the passed bill, updating the Michigan Liquor Control Code, Governor Granholm will be making way for more revenue in the state of Michigan. The updated code will allow Michiganders the opportunity to purchase liquor at venues serving brunch on Sundays; midnight shift workers to enjoy a drink after work, and private facilities to have liquor served at special events. Not forgetting revenue brought in by the fees of licensing permits to sale liquor on Sundays.
Residents have voiced mixed emotions on the bill being passed, and alcohol being sold at earlier times. Many Michiganders are more than excited about being able to purchase their favorite drink, whenever they choose … and then, there are others who feel as if the change in the Michigan Liquor Control Code doesn’t affect much. “… If I wanted to, I could buy my beer the day before…” stated a Detroit resident, speaking on whether or not the code change would matter. Remaining anonymous, the Detroiter also added, “It doesn’t matter what time [you] start selling”.