Gov. Rick Snyder signed Sen. Goeff Hansen’s legislation repealing a state law that failed to achieve the 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.