Michigan lawmakers address alcohol sales

Nov. 11, 2010 at 10:00 AM

DETROIT, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Michigan lawmakers have signed a bill to allow liquor sales on Sunday mornings and Christmas Day, and Gov. Jennifer Granholm says she will sign it into law.

"It's something we've wanted for years," Linda Gobler, president and CEO of the Michigan Grocers Association, said in a Detroit Free Press report.

The new law would also permit the tasting of free samples of beer and wine, but would limit the number of two-ounce samples to three per patron.

"This will be great for Michigan wineries and breweries as they try to increase awareness of their products," said Andy Deloney, a spokesman for the Michigan Restaurant Association.

The new law would let restaurants and bars start selling alcohol at 7 a.m. Sundays. Current law prohibits liquor sales until noon on Sunday.

Additionally, liquor sales would be legal until 11:59 p.m. Christmas Eve, and again after noon on Christmas Day. The present law prohibits sales after 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve and all day Christmas Day.

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