Senate Bill 789 (Substitute S-1 as reported)

Sponsor: Senator Jeff Irwin

Committee: Regulatory Affairs




The bill would amend the Michigan Liquor Control Code to allow the Ferris Building at Grand Rapids and the Eisler Center at Big Rapids, instead of the Conference Center at Big Rapids, the Applied Technology Center at Grand Rapids, and the FSU GR Conference Center, to sell alcohol at scheduled conference center activities. It also would allow the Liquor Control Commission to issue a license to a restaurant on land owned by Eastern Michigan University (EMU) under specified circumstances.


The Code allows the Commission to issue to the governing board of a college or university a license to sell alcoholic liquor for consumption on the premises of a conference center operated by the governing board at regularly scheduled conference activities.


Additionally, the bill would allow the Commission to issue a license to a private entity for the sale of alcoholic liquor for consumption on the licensed premises of a restaurant located on land owned by EMU if the following circumstances existed:


--   The land was leased or subleased at fair market value to a private entity that owned, leased, or subleased the licensed premises for the operation of a restaurant.

--   The restaurant was located within an area designated for industrial, research, or commercial development by the governing board of EMU.

--   The license was originally acquired on the open market at fair market value.


MCL 436.1513




According to testimony, the Liquor Control Commission has denied liquor licenses for conference centers not specifically named in statute. Because conference centers currently named in statute are no longer used, it has been suggested that statute should name the currently used conference centers and that a liquor license be approved for a restaurant on the campus of EMU.


Legislative Analyst: Nathan Leaman




The bill would have no fiscal impact on State or local government.


Date Completed: 3-19-24 Fiscal Analyst: Nathan Leaman

Josh Sefton



This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its deliberations and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.