Saturday, November 29, 2008

Michigan Liquor lobby fights back, will ban all shipments

A Michigan judge recently ruled that Michigan can not ban out of State retailers from shipping to Michigan consumers. Big Liquor, ever resourceful, is now lobbying for a bill that will ban ANYONE from shipping wine, OR out of State.


On Nov. 11, Lansing lawmakers introduced a bill to solve the problem by banning all direct wine shipments by retailers, whether they're Michigan merchants or those in another state. The bill was approved in committee the next day and could sail through the Legislature in the lame-duck session beginning Tuesday and be on the governor's desk before Christmas.

"That's crazy," Chess said last week. "The state loses a lawsuit, and they respond by punishing consumers and retailers. It seems to me Michigan can ill afford to be hurting businesses right now."