LANSING —Today, the House Regulatory Reform committee approved state Rep. Scott Dianda’s (D-Calumet) bill, House Bill 4507, to prorate the cost of a new liquor license so that businesses are not paying the license fee twice in one year. In response, state Rep. Dianda issued the following statement: 

“I thank the committee chair and members for their support of my bill to make sure that new businesses are not charged the full liquor license fee twice in one year. This is common-sense legislation to help new small businesses who want a liquor licenses set up shop in Michigan. The first year is critically important for a new business, and extra fees from the state can sometimes create problems. Pro-rating a liquor license fee for new businesses will still allow the state to collect its fees without while not overcharging and causing problems for the business.”