Could state lawmakers ease more restrictions on alcohol sale and distribution? Maybe

Could state lawmakers ease more restrictions on alcohol sale and distribution? Maybe As Michigan approaches another new year's holiday, moves are quietly underway to ease some restrictions on the sale and distribution of alcohol in the state, as some in the industry say the existing laws in some cases go back to prohibition and have become archaic. But alcohol abuse watchdog groups are wary, saying there's already enough places to buy alcohol, and more licensees would increase alcohol related problems. They cite research, although opponents say other research does not indicate that. (MRN)

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Bill restricts number of passengers teenage drivers can have

One of the flurry of bills given final legislative approval late Thursday was a measure putting restrictions on teenage drivers. The bill prohibits 16 year-old new drivers from having more than one passenger under 21 years of age in the vehicle unless the passengers were immediate family or the driver is traveling to or from school or a school-sanctioned event. The measure is expected to be signed by Governor Jennifer Granholm and will take effect in 90 days.

Restrictions lifted

After a mild ending to winter and the beginning of spring, the Mecosta County Road Commission lifted seasonal weight restrictions on local roads.The restriction impacts the speed and weight of various semi-trucks and even farm equipment. Commission Supervisor Mike Maneke said weather was a major factor and he also looked at what neighboring areas did, too. The restriction was in place for three and a half weeks.

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