Michigan House votes to permit set prices for open bars

(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Price-shock from open bars at private events could be a thing of the past in Michigan with a bill moving through the Legislature.

Alcohol could be sold for a set price at open bars at private events under a bill approved 106-4 Thursday in the state House. The practice is currently prohibited, which supporters of the legislation say can cause shock when the tab comes due for open bars at weddings or other private events.

Supporters say alcohol could be sold for a per-person per-hour rate that would provide more predictability for costs.

The bill has the support of several groups representing the state’s alcohol industry, including the Michigan Spirits Association and the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association.

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