Michigan Liquor Control Commission
|Formed||December 15, 1933|
|Jurisdiction||Michigan transportation programs|
|Parent department||Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs|
The Michigan Liquor Control Commission is an agency of the U.S. state of Michigan, within the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), responsible for regulating the sale and distribution of liquor in the state.
The Michigan Liquor Control Commission was established when Michigan voters approved a legislatively referred amendment to the Michigan Constitution by way of a statewide ballot measure in November 1932. The state's first liquor control act, which went into effect April 27, created a 17-member commission, one from each Congressional district. On December 15, 1933, the Michigan Legislature abolished the 17-member commission, replacing it with the current five-member commission.
By December 15, 1933, ten days after the end of Prohibition in the United States, the commission had opened liquor stores, and made liquor available for sale. By December 30, 1933, the commission had opened the first 7 state liquor stores—in Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Kalamazoo, Jackson, and three in Detroit. In 1934, an additional 96 liquor stores were opened.
The Michigan Liquor Control Commission is responsible for licensing as well as establishment and enforcement of regulations related to liquor purchasing and merchandising in Michigan.
The mission of the commission is "to make alcoholic beverages available for consumption while protecting the consumer and the general public through regulation of those involved in the sale and distribution of these alcohol beverage products."
The commission's staff is composed of four divisions: enforcement, executive services, financial management, and licensing.
The Michigan Liquor Control Commission is composed of five members appointed by the Governor of Michigan with the advice and consent of the Michigan Senate. No more than three members from the same political party may serve at the same time.
Two members are designated as hearing commissioners who preside over violation matters. The other three members are administrative commissioners responsible for matters related to licensing, purchasing, merchandising, and enforcement. These three members also serve as an appeal board for decisions rendered by the hearing commissioners.
|Andrew J. Deloney†||Administrative||June 2011||June 12, 2019|
|Edward Clemente||Hearing||June 8, 2012||June 12, 2020|
|Bradford Jacobson||Hearing||February 13, 2017||June 12, 2020|
|Dennis Olshove||Administrative||June 8, 2012||June 12, 2018|
|Teri L. Quimby||Administrative||June 2011||June 12, 2019|
Information from LARA
- "Michigan Liquor Control Commission Celebrates 80 Years in Business; Michigan organized the Commission 10 days after the end of Prohibition" (Press release). Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. December 12, 2013. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
- "Michigan Liquor Control Commission Overview". Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
- "Meet the Michigan Liquor Control Commissioners". Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
- James K. Pollock (1940). The initiative and referendum in Michigan. University of Michigan Press. p. 83. Retrieved March 24, 2016.