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2020 Senate Bill 942: Allow bars and restaurant to serve alcohol in ‘commons area’

Public Act 126 of 2020

Introduced by Sen. Aric Nesbitt (R) on May 28, 2020
To allow “on-premises licensees” (restaurants with liquor licenses and bars that serve food) to serve alcohol in a "commons area" within a “social district” designated by a local government “that is shared by and abuts the premises of at least two other on-premises licensees,” and allow local governments to authorize this. The bill would also authorize discounts on liquor licensee purchases of spirits from the state through 2021, and make other detail changes to this extensive regulatory regime.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on May 28, 2020
Reported in the Senate on June 9, 2020
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
To allow “on-premises licensees” (restaurants with liquor licenses and bars that serve food) to serve alcohol in a "commons area" within a “social district” designated by a local government “that is shared by and abuts the premises of at least two other on-premises licensees,” and allow local governments to authorize this. The bill would also allow refunds to bars and restaurants for beer and wine that went stale during the coronavirus epidemic lockdown; authorize discounts on liquor licensee purchases of spirits by bars and restaurants from the state through 2021; permit more "tasting room" options for certain distillers and more .
Received in the House on June 10, 2020
Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on June 10, 2020
Reported in the House on June 17, 2020
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered by Rep. Brandt Iden (R) on June 24, 2020
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 24, 2020
To allow refunds to bars and restaurants for beer and wine that went stale during the coronavirus epidemic lockdown; authorize discounts on liquor licensee purchases of spirits by bars and restaurants from the state through 2021; permit more "tasting room" options for certain distillers; repeal a ban on "two for one" drink specials, and more. The "social district" provisions in the Senate-passed version remain in House Bill 5781, which must pass for this bill to become law.
Received in the Senate on June 25, 2020
To concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on July 1, 2020

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