COLLEGE LIQUOR LICENSES S.B. 789:

SUMMARY OF INTRODUCED BILL

IN COMMITTEE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senate Bill 789 (as introduced 3-13-24)

Sponsor: Senator Jeff Irwin

Committee: Regulatory Affairs

 

Date Completed: 3-13-24

 


CONTENT

 

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.

 

The Code lists specific buildings that are considered conference centers on specific university campuses, including the Conference Center at Big Rapids, the Applied Technology Center at Grand Rapids, and the FSU GR Conference Center of Ferris State University. The bill would remove references to the Conference Center at Big Rapids, the Applied Technology Center at Grand Rapids, and the FSU GR Conference Center and replace those references with the Woodbridge N. Ferris Building at Grand Rapids and the David L. Eisler Center at Big Rapids.

 

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.

 

MCL 436.1513 Legislative Analyst: Nathan Leaman

 

FISCAL IMPACT

 

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

 

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.