The federal government might still be in shutdown mode, but state legislators in Michigan won’t let Congress’ inactivity stop them from pursuing legislation that’s critical to the safety and welfare of its residents.
Namely, a gem we’ve dubbed the “Michigan Pint Bill,” mandating that every pint of beer sold in the state MUST contain at least 16 ounces of actual beer in the glass. It would modify the existing Liquor Control Act to make sure every thirsty patron actually gets the pint he or she is promised.
The bill was introduced into the state House by Rep. David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights) the youngest member of the House Democratic Caucus and the first Iraq War veteran to serve in the state Legislature, and five other Dems.
While these legislators try to establish the right for every Michigan resident to receive a healthy pint pour, the amendment itself is a little light in specifics:
HOUSE BILL No. 5040
October 2, 2013, Introduced by Reps. Knezek, Dillon, Singh, Faris, Irwin and Santana and referred to the Committee on Regulatory Reform.
A bill to amend 1998 PA 58, entitled
“Michigan liquor control code of 1998,”
(MCL 436.1101 to 436.2303) by adding section 1006.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
SEC. 1006. AN ON-PREMISES LICENSEE SHALL NOT ADVERTISE OR SELL
ANY GLASS OF BEER AS A PINT IN THIS STATE UNLESS THAT GLASS
CONTAINS AT LEAST 16 OUNCES OF BEER.
Good for the beer drinkers in the state of Michigan but it’s a clear example of politics askew. Does the froth count?