LaSata tasting room fix bill headed to governor

Lawmaker’s Senior PGA event bill also finalized

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation that would fix an unintended consequence of tasting room legislation signed last session was finalized Wednesday and is on its way to the governor’s desk.

“My bill makes an important change to legislation we approved last session to ensure that our local producers of wine, beer, and other spirits may sample and sell all of their offerings at the same location,” said Sen. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township. “This bill will support small businesses and help create jobs at a time when they could really use it.”

Senate Bill 897, sponsored by LaSata, would reform the law to allow wineries, breweries and distilleries to operate both an on-premises tasting room and an off-premises tasting room at the same location, under certain conditions.

Another bill sponsored by LaSata that was also finalized Wednesday would simplify the special event permitting process required to allow the Senior Professional Golfers Association (PGA) to host its tournament in Benton Harbor.

Currently, state law must be amended every year there is a Senior PGA event to allow a special event permit for the specific tournament. SB 820 would allow a permit for any year — meaning a bill wouldn’t need to be passed and signed each year the tournament is played in the state.

The KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores is scheduled to return in 2022 and 2024.

Both bills await the governor’s signature.