Currently in Michigan, the sale of liquor in stores and restaurants is permitted on Sunday, but not until noon. A bill is in process to lift the ban on alcohol sales before noon, making it possible to purchase alcohol on Sundays as early as 7 a.m. The state Senate voted yes on the measure Wednesday, November 10 in a 25-13 vote. Later that same day, the state House also approved bill by a much wider margin of 81-21. The bill nears completion and is waiting only for Governor Granholm’s signature. Restaurant owners and grocery store owners that wish to sell liquor before noon will need to pay an extra $166 per year to apply for the extended permit. Most business owners agree that while they won’t see a great deal of traffic before noon on Sunday, some shoppers do like to begin their day early and will take advantage earlier liquor sales. Golf course owners, bowling alleys and other establishments that vend alcohol are likely to buy the license, as some patrons begin drinking before noon. People that work nights and weekends and are ending their day first thing in the morning will appreciate the earlier hours. Some residents are opposed to the measure. The option to keep bars open until 3-4 a.m. was turned down and as the law stands, alcohol cannot be purchased between the hours of 2 a.m to noon on Sundays in Michigan counties which allow Sunday sales of alcohol.