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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: May 25, 2017 11:43 AM
From: Representative Perry S. Warren
To: All House members
Subject: Local Option Referenda
In the near future, I will be introducing an amendment to the Liquor Code to clarify the process for placing a liquor referendum on the ballot in a general election.

Act 39 of 2016 included a provision that would allow residents of a municipality to collect signatures and place on the ballot in any election a referendum asking voters to allow the sale of liquor in the municipality. Previously, the law only allowed these referenda to be placed on primary ballots.

However, it has come to my attention that the language included in Act 39 is unclear and that clarifying legislation is needed to ensure that the provision can be implemented as intended.

We still have approximately 687 municipalities that could take advantage of this provision in the future – although they do not have to do so. Businesses in municipalities in need of economic development or growth could find this tool especially useful. Having the flexibility to place the question on a primary or general election ballot would facilitate this process.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.

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Introduced as HB1525