Gov’t Affairs News – direct wine shipments, judicial levies, and more

Senate committee discusses judicial levies

Over the last two weeks, the Senate Local Government Committee heard testimony on legislation that seeks to address how judgments against municipalities can be funded.

Preventing sales lawsuits

Many states, including Michigan, have laws that award a salesperson twice the amount of the actual commission, along with attorney fees and litigation costs, if the salesperson wins a lawsuit over commissions.

Gov’t Affairs News – med sync, recycling, and more

Senate Committee approves biosimilars bill without notification

The 10-person Senate Health Policy Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved the S-1 substitute of HB 4812, which allows for the substitution of interchangeable biosimilar drugs without requiring the pharmacist to notify the prescriber.

Retailers project modest 2016 sales growth

LANSING – Despite a slow start in January, Michigan retailers are forecasting sales growth averaging 2 percent in 2016, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index survey, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Michigan Retailers Association offers three dozen college scholarships

LANSING – Michigan Retailers Association is offering approximately 36 college scholarships this spring through the annual competition funded by its Michigan Retailers Foundation.

The scholarships are available for the 2016-17 academic year to the families of MRA member businesses and their employees.

Gov’t Affairs News – cigar tax cap, med sync and more

Cigar tax-cap discussions echo Main Street Fairness arguments

The House Appropriations Committee heard testimony Wednesday on SB 476, a bill that would ensure the 50-cent tax cap remains in place for individual cigars.

Don’t be a target in new EMV world

As most of you are aware (perhaps painfully), there has been a big change in the relationship between merchants that accept credit cards and the banks that issue them. This “liability shift” happened October 1 and impacts face-to-face payment transactions involving cards with an EMV chip on the front.

Gov’t Affairs News – Flint water, Chip & PIN and more

Flint water crisis dominates State of the State Address

Gov. Snyder gave his sixth and biggest State of the State speech on Tuesday, addressing not only Michigan residents but a national audience interested to hear his take on the Flint water crisis.

Warm weather helped cool holiday sales

LANSING – Heat Miser appeared to get the upper hand, as unseasonably warm weather helped push Michigan retailers’ holiday sales below forecasts. Sales increased 0.4 percent over the 2014 season despite retailers’ forecasts of a 2 percent rise,