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2021 Senate Bill 656: Authorize “robo-bartenders”

Public Act 136 of 2022

Introduced by Sen. Jim Runestad R-White Lake on September 28, 2021
To authorize the use of “robo-bartender” alcoholic dispensing machines located at a customer's table or booth in restaurants and bars, and in certain other locations in an establishment with a liquor license, if the machine does not dispense more than 96 ounces of beer, wine, or mixed spirit drink in a single order, and does not dispense spirituous liquor “straight." A customer still be required to order the beer, wine, or mixed drinks from a human staff member, with staff members required to monitor the service. Rules adopted under an existing law permit a much more limited version of this, which the industry has sought to expand.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on September 28, 2021
Reported in the Senate on November 3, 2021
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered in the Senate on November 30, 2021
To clarify a reference in the bill.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 30, 2021
Received in the House on December 1, 2021
Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on December 1, 2021
Reported in the House on May 24, 2022
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
To place in statute authorization for the use of “robo-bartender” alcoholic dispensing machines that are located at a customer's table or booth in restaurants, and smaller amounts in certain other locations in an establishment with a liquor license. The machines could dispense up to 96 ounces of beer, wine, or mixed spirit drink in a single order, but could not dispense spirituous liquor “straight," and staff would be required to monitored their use. Rules adopted under an existing law permit a much more limited version of this industry.
Received in the Senate on June 9, 2022
Signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on July 11, 2022

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