Better on Draft 223.5 – Interview with MI State Rep Pauline Wendzel

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We brought in Rep Pauline Wendzel of District 79 to chat about the slew of alcohol bills that are upcoming in the state legislature of Michigan, all tied together, and all reliant on each other.  She talks about her love of sours and sneaks in some of her favorite breweries not in her area!

OWNERS NOTE** As someone who loves beer, seeing these updates happening in all aspects of the brewing (and alcohol) world is simply amazing, and great work done by our brewers who still need our help at this time and the representatives around our state looking to help these businesses from the crutches of laws that were made before we exploded in craft brewery, winery, and distilleries in our state.

REP WENDZEL NOTE** Wanted to follow up on one thing that was said about coins/tokens at beer festivals and to make sure to clarify the language in HB 5347

(4) Beer that is dispensed to consumers for showcasing beer at a beer festival is considered a sample. A holder of a special license issued under this section may offer beer described in this subsection without consideration.

HB 5341 BREWPUBS (Wendzel) Updates provision related to brewpub license conditions.
HB 5342 MICRO BREWERS (Wendzel) Eliminates allowing certain micro brewers to deliver beer to retailers and clarifies electronic advertising procedures.
HB 5343 MICRO BREWERS (Wendzel) Increases self-distribution limit of micro brewers.
HB 5344 MICRO BREWERS (Wendzel) Eliminates allowing certain micro brewers to refund money to retailers for returned beer.
HB 5345 BREWERS (Wentworth) Modifies required intervals to pay beer tax and increases production threshold for a brewer to claim a credit or refund.
HB 5346 WINE TAX (Wentworth) Modifies required intervals to pay wine tax.
HB 5347 BEER FESTIVALS (Garza) Modifies beer festivals special license requirements.
HB 5348 LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION (Garza) Modifies certain provisions of salesperson license accreditation program.
HB 5349 OUTSTATE BEER (Hall) Provides certain exceptions fir successor manufacturer or successor outstate seller of beer not assigned a brand extension.
HB 5350 OUTSTATE WINE (Hall) Provides certain exceptions for successor manufacturer or successor outstate seller of wine not assigned a brand extension.
HB 5351 LIQUOR (Filler) Provides for definition of a successor to a supplier that continues in business.
HB 5352 LIQUOR (Filler) Revises procedure for manufacturer canceling agreement with wholesaler.
HB 5353 BEER GROWLERS (Cambensy) Eliminates requirement that beer sold in a growler have a registration number.
HB 5354 BREWPUBS (Cambensy) Eliminates certain labeling for a brewpub.
HB 5355 LIQUOR (Cambensy) Eliminates requirement for manufacturer or wholesaler to provide proof of valid label from United State Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau under certain circumstances.
HB 5400 MICRO BREWERS (Garza) Updates cross reference to section about micro brewers selling beer to retailers.

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