Michigan businesses with liquor licenses would not have to pay on-premises liquor license fees this year and an on-premises spirits discount would be increased and extended under legislation approved by the Michigan state Senate on Wednesday.

Senator Ed McBroom who sponsored the bill says  “Through no fault of their own, most establishments spent most of the past year closed and their staff out of work. It doesn’t make any sense to further punish bars and restaurants with liquor license fees they can’t afford because they weren’t allowed to conduct business. This bill provides them needed relief at a time when they’re just getting back on their feet.”

Specifically, SB 230 would waive Michigan Liquor Control Commission license fees for on-premises liquor license holders this year