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Gov. Whitmer Signs Bills Filling Labor Shortages, Expanding Business Opportunities

Bipartisan bills filling labor shortages, expanding business opportunities and increasing safety requirements were signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday.

“Since I took office, I am proud to have signed over 849 bipartisan bills, and today we are adding to that total with a bill to help small businesses across the state,” said Gov. Whitmer. “While these bills continue our record of bipartisan collaboration, Michiganders are counting on us to continue growing Michigan’s economy, creating good-paying jobs, and lowering cost for working families who are facing rising prices at the grocery store and the gas pump.”

The following bills were signed Wednesday:

  • House Bill 4232 – helps small businesses fill labor shortages in restaurants by expanding eligible workforce to include 17-year-old waitstaff to sell and serve alcohol.
    • Waitstaff must complete a server training program as required by the Liquor Control Commission.
    • Waitstaff are required to have a supervisor that is at least 18-years-old and has completed a server training program.
  • House Bills 5983 and 5984 – allows people to eat and drink in public swimming pools, along with serving alcohol in swimming pools under certain circumstances.
    • Both bills cut restrictions and create new business opportunities that allow public pool operators to maximize business.
  • House Bill 4527 – increases safety requirements on owners and operators of carnival or amusement park rides, as well as establishes sanctions for those who violate safety provisions within the Carnival Amusement Act.
  • House Bill 5875 – extends the sunset date of a provision that limits a county’s maintenance of effort rate for Medicaid funded long-term care services, which will streamline Medicaid operations to save counties money.