Despite Law, City May Ban Morning Booze Sales 12-06-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Despite Law, City May Ban Morning Booze Sales 12-06-2010

Besides choosing a new mayor at Monday night's City Commission meeting, members will also consider a ban beer and wine sales on Sundays from 7 a.m. to noon.
The move was recommended by City Manager Robert Belleman.
Last week, Sunday morning liquor sales became legal in Michigan, but it could be weeks before bars, restaurants and stores get the required permits.
Liquor sales will soon be allowed on Sunday mornings in Michigan because of a compromise between state lawmakers and Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
The state Senate in November approved a bill by a 25-13 vote that would allow Sunday sales to begin at 7 a.m. for retailers paying an extra $160 annual fee. The state House later approved the bill by an 81-21 vote and Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed the legislation into law.
Some bars, restaurants and stores likely won't pay the extra fee to allow Sunday sales. But others -- especially those tied to golf courses and Sunday buffets -- likely will pay the extra fee in the hope of improved sales.
Local governments will have the option to continue banning Sunday morning alcohol sales if they choose.
Michigan lawmakers have considered allowing Sunday morning sales for several years, but never agreed upon a final version that gained a governor's signature.
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