Governor signs Hansen’s bill repealing failed keg tag law

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed Sen. Goeff Hansen’s legislation repealing a state law that failed to achieve its goal of curbing underage drinking.

Senate Bill 372, now Public Act 166 of 2017, eliminates a 2010 law establishing “keg registration requirements” that proponents had hoped would discourage those under 21 from drinking, especially on college campuses.

“The intent of the law was a noble one, but it was misguided,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “Instead of cutting down on underage drinking, the implementation of keg tags seems to have simply changed the type of alcohol being purchased.”

Under the earlier law, to purchase a keg, the buyer was required to show identification and list their name, address and phone number on a receipt. In addition, a $30 keg deposit would not be returned unless the keg tag remained intact when the empty keg was returned.

When the law took effect in 2011, reductions in the sales of kegs were offset by increases in the sales of liquor, cases of beer and other alcohol that did not require registration or deposit.

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Hansen honors Hart High School state champions

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Goeff Hansen paid tribute in the Senate Wednesday to the Hart High School girls cross country team, which won the 2017 Michigan Division III cross country state championship.

“These girls and their coaches displayed tremendous tenacity and determination all year long, bringing home Hart High School’s first-ever team sports state championship,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “On top of that, the team tallied the best winning score in girls Division III history. Congratulations on an extraordinary season, ladies!”

With remarkable consistency, the team began its road to victory by capturing back-to-back regional championships, taking four of the top 10 placings and earning a bid to the state finals.

During the state final at the Michigan International Speedway, the Pirates placed runners in first, fifth, sixth, 16th, and 27th place.

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