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Michigan Legislatures and Governor Granholm Exercise Good Common Sense in Trading New Market for Sale and Distribution of Michigan’s Home-Grown Food

Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm recently signed the last of two bills of a three-bill package paving the way for growth of a previous market for home-grown food products that was unexplainably subject to stricter state limitations than those limitations dictated by federal law. Previous state regulation on bidding to buy Michigan food products limited school districts to only $20,000 per year. Under the new law, that limit was increased to $100,000 per year which is the federal limit.

House Bill 6644 – PROPOSED LAW BANNING DIRECT SHIPMENTS BY IN AND OUT-OF-STATE WINE RETAILERS IS BAD LAW AND BAD FOR MICHIGAN

PROPOSED LAW BANNING DIRECT SHIPMENTS BY IN AND OUT-OF-STATE WINE RETAILERS IS BAD LAW AND BAD FOR MICHIGAN
Prior to the holidays, the Michigan Legislature hustled a poorly crafted piece of legislation through the system to allegedly protect the public's best interest by making it almost impossible for in and out-of-state wine retailers to ship directly to customers. The senate modified Bill 6644 previously passed by the House of Representatives by allowing wine deliveries by retailers to consumers but only if the product is delivered by employees of the retailer.

Michigan Alcohol and Wine Bill Uncorks Business Concerns

A recent article about Michigan's House Bill 6644 as it appeared in Crain's Business News

Alcohol bill uncorks biz concern
By Amy Lane and Nathan Skid

Ronnie Jamil photograph from Crains BusinessLANSING - When Ronnie Jamil looks at House Bill 6644, he sees some of his business in jeopardy.

Leelanau County Vintner Larry Mawby Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Congratulations to Larry Mawby and LMawby Vineyards on 30th anniversary!

The following is an excerpt from an article which appeared in The Detroit News about LMawby Vineyards -

Thursday, December 4, 2008
Sandra Silfven
L. Mawby Vineyards marks 30th anniversary

Two Northern Michigan Wineries – LMawby Vineyards and Peninsula Cellars – Win Coveted 2008 Jefferson Cup

Congratulations to Leelanau Peninsula Winery LMawby Vineyards and Old Mission Peninsula Winery Peninsula Cellars on winning the Jefferson Cup!
"winners represent some of the most compelling wines made in America"
From an article which recently appeared in The Detroit News:

Thursday, December 4, 2008
Sandra Silfven
Michigan wineries win two Jefferson Cups

Leelanau County Retailers Could Lose Right to Ship Wine – They Need Your Help – Contact Your Senator and Say NO Before House Bill 6644 Gets Passed

From a recent email from Lois Bahle of The Suttons Bay Area Chamber of Commerce concerning how House Bill 6644 could affect two Chamber members:

As we all know, doing business in today's economic climate is difficult at best. That's why I'm asking you to support two of our retail members by contacting your state representative, state senator and future state representative on behalf of two of our retail members.

Michigan Wine Production and Acres of Wine Grapes Planted Projected Growth

Michigan's Wine ProductionThe below-referenced article from wikipedia.org projects that the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council set a goal of 10,000 acres of wine grape production and 3 million cases of Michigan-produced wines annually by 2024, which is about 10 times the current production.

Let’s Call a Pig a Pig – Proposed Law to Ban Direct Retail Wine Sales Makes Special Interest Groups Ripe for the Slaughter

How long will Michigan residents allow special interest groups and lobbyists to continue to glutton themselves while the state’s economy spirals downward with high jobless rates and businesses closing to move to better markets? Apparently, too long.

New Gift Card Law Provides Consumer Protection, But is No Guarantee Against Loss

The gift card law as highlighted in the below article is a good effort by the state legislature to protect consumers in the state of Michigan. While the intent and content of the law is excellent, it does not protect against a situation where a consumer is holding a gift card for a bankrupt business or a business which is no longer operating. If a business discharges its liabilities in Chapter 7 and ceases to exist, the gift card will be of no value. The best practice for individuals receiving gift cards is to spend them as soon as possible.

- Dan Penning