Hansen’s bill allowing wine tasting at farmers markets sent to governor

The Michigan Senate on Wednesday sent the governor a bill to promote the state’s agriculture industry by allowing small winemakers to offer wine tastings at farmers markets, said sponsor Sen. Goeff Hansen.

“This will give greater market access to aspiring entrepreneurs by allowing them to conduct wine tastings and sell their product at many of our fine farmers markets throughout this great state,” said Hansen, R-Hart.

Senate Bill 79 would enable winemakers who produce up to 5,000 gallons of wine per year to purchase a new farmers market permit. The fee for an annual permit would be $25 for each farmers market location.

“The fee is reasonably priced to make it financially viable for winemakers to have a presence at multiple locations,” Hansen said. “Senate Bill 79 is simply another tool to help Michigan small businesses promote their products to help them build a foundation for a long-term, profitable wine industry.”

SB 79 is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder, who is expected to sign it into law.

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