This legislative session (2015-2016) Michigan Alcohol Policy Promoting Health and Safety will be educating lawmakers about various alcohol related issues on a regular basis. Below is the most current issue and to view past "legislative drops" click the "Policy Issues" tab on our home page. 

Week of April 20, 2015 - State Control of Alcohol:   Protecting the Public's Health (from Alcohol Justice)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.  The Michigan Liquor Control Commission will be holding their semi annual public comment hearing at their Lansing Office (Constitution Hall, 525 W. Allegan). For more information click here. 

November 11, 2014 - Legislation to Watch for in Lame Duck Session
  • SB247 - Extending Alcohol Sales to 4:00 a.m.
  • HB4891 - Earmarking Revenue for Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Supports.
  • HB4560 - Making It Easier for Gas Stations to Get a Liquor License

The Midwest Alcohol Policy Summit
April 1-3, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. 
Click here for more details.

December 17, 2013 - Michigan Liquor Control Commission upholds 1/2 Mile Rule
Click here to read the Declaratory Ruling.

October 3, 2013 – No Vote Taken on SB247,                       Continued Action Needed!

At the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee meeting the following organizations went on record as being opposed to the bill:  Michigan Alcohol Policy Promoting Health and Safety (MAP); the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police; and the Michigan Municipal League (MML).  The MML opposed the bill as written due to concerns they had about the lack of local control.  MAP is opposed to this bill because it is bad public policy and research supports keeping our existing hours. 

The Michigan Licensed Beverage Association supports the bill and the Michigan Liquor Control Commission was neutral on the bill. 

Senator Rocca reported that there will be additional opportunities to provide input on the bill and did not indicate whether this bill will be on the agenda for next week.  Sen. Warren voiced support for the bill.  Senator Jones was strongly opposed to the bill and reported that no fee, no matter how high, would justify supporting this bill.  Other members of the committee stayed silent.

 What Can You Do? 

·        Contact the Chair of the Committee, Tory Rocca and your own Senator and tell them not to support this bill. 

·        Pass this information on to others that will be willing to take action.

·        Send a letter to the editor to your local paper to educate others that this dangerous bill is being considered.

Oct. 2, 2013 - Looking for Advocates to call, email, and provide testimony!  

Phone or email Senator Tory Rocca, Chair of the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee, by 1:00 p.m. Thursday, October 3 and tell him SB247 - the Extending Alcohol Sales to 4 a.m. bill is terrible public policy and that he should not move this bill!  SB247 is on the agenda for Thursday, October 3.  The Committee meets at 1:00 p.m.  

Phone:  517-373-7315

Please come and testify against this bill.  The committee meets at the Farnum Building, Room 210, 125 W. Allegan St., Lansing, MI 48933.  More info and talking points below.  

4 a.m. Alcohol Sales Could              Be Coming to a Town Near You!

SB247, if passed, would allow alcohol to be sold until 4 a.m. for on-premises licensees.  This goes against good public policy and the Community Guide recommends against extending alcohol sales by two or more hours.  Although some lawmakers may see this as a way to raise revenue, all the revenue raised through extended hours permits will not offset people getting shot, assaulted, raped, killed and injured by drunk drivers.  Click here for more information and below are some action steps you can take to help defeat this legislation. 

- Contact your lawmaker and Tory Rocca, Chair of the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee, and them that this is not good public policy and that they should not support this bill.

- Write and submit a letter to the editor to educate other people in your community about this potentially problematic bill.  

- Identify community leaders and other advocates and ask them to help you advocate against this legislation.  

The mission of Michigan Alcohol Policy Promoting Health and Safety (MAP) is to advocate for laws and policies that reduce the illegal and harmful use of alcohol.  MAP is a grass roots organization with no paid staff or any formal funding. 

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Updated May 26, 2015