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Whitmer signs bills paving way for liquor-tasting festivals

February 4, 2020 GMT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation paving the way for liquor-tasting events in Michigan.

The bills enacted Tuesday create a special license for nonprofits to conduct a spirits tasting. Supporters say the laws will provide liquor vendors parity with beer and wine festivals that already are allowed.

The industry points to the growing popularity of products made by craft distillers.

The bipartisan bills overwhelmingly cleared the Legislature.

Whitmer said the laws will help businesses expand their reach across the state, “introducing more people to their product and growing Michigan’s economy.”

Charitable organizations will be able to apply for a license to hold a spirits tasting similar to a beer or wine festival, receive and display logoed tents and platforms, and buy liquor at a discounted price.