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Updates & A Brief History of Michigan Liquor Law

  • February 9, 2012
  • Michael A. Brower

We, like many of you, anxiously await news from Lansing.  There is reason to believe that a significant overhaul of Michigan’s Liquor Control Code will occur in the near future, yet we cannot predict exactly what should be expected.  Furthermore, change is already underway at the Liquor Control Commission.  In addition to our prior observations, we have continued to see change.  Recently, we were asked to send in a written request for a waiver of the 1/2 mi rule (Rule 436.1133); the next day, we were told that a written request was no longer necessary.  The reduction of seemingly unnecessary paperwork is certainly a welcome change in our eyes!  (As an aside, we still recommend sending in a written request until you hear otherwise from the Commission).

The uncertain state of the law is causing us to wait for the announcement of changes before we publish analyses of the law or best practices for working with the law.  For now, we are waiting; however, we promise to publish news and analysis as soon as possible.  In the meantime, we have decided to share another of our ongoing projects – a book in progress, tentatively titled “Michigan Liquor Law.”  We intend to craft this book into a handbook of sorts, detailed enough for practitioners, yet accessible enough for those who are just entering the complicated field that is Michigan liquor law.  Much of the work on this book must wait until we learn of what, if any, changes will be occurring in the near future.  Until then, however, we have been able to draft an early version of an introductory section containing a brief history of Michigan liquor law through 1933.  For us, knowing the past has always been an important facet in understanding the present and predicting the future.  If you are interested, the link below contains a .pdf with a selection of our work so far.  Please note, the book (and this selection) is a work in progress.  We welcome any critiques or comments and request that they be directed to Michael, via michael@starihabrower.com

A Brief History of Michigan Liquor Law


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  3. amer
    July 19, 2012

    can any body give an update on rule 436.1133 the half mile rule. there was a house bill 5010 on it back in september 27 2011 buy legislature peter lund to get it repealed. why is it taking so long.

    • michiganliquorlaw
      July 19, 2012


      If you look at the legislative history of this bill, you will see that there is has been no progress since Sept. 2011. At this point, we can’t say whether there will be any further action taken on this bill.

      As we noted in our recent blog post, there is no mention of the 1/2 mi rule in the ORR Report – we had expected to see a recommendation for changing the rule. For now, we cannot say when/if the rule will be changed. The best thing that you can do is talk to your local legislator.


  4. amer
    July 26, 2012

    i received an email from my legislator peter lund,saying there is no longer a need for the house bill 5010 to be passed,this bill has been sought to remedy.he said now it’s up to mlcc.
    i can fax it to you if you like,call me 313 995 2090 amer.
    romeo’s party store .

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