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Your Chamber and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance joined the Michigan Chamber's ReOpen Michigan Campaign. Collectively, we worked tirelessly to advocate to open Michigan with fewer restrictions.

“We commend our decision-makers for listening to businesses and setting us on a clear path to economic recovery. The agreement to rescind the proposed permanent MIOSHA rules adds Michigan to the growing list of states open for business,” stated Kirstie Sieloff, Director of Government Relations for the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance 

Updated MIOSHA Rules for Businesses
MIOSHA has updated other aspects of the emergency rules to reflect the recent order from MDHHS and guidance from the CDC. Those changes include: 
  • Employers may allow fully vaccinated employees to not wear face coverings and social distance provided they have a policy deemed effective to ensure non-vaccinated individuals continue to follow these requirements.  
  • The rules have been reformed focusing on performance, eliminating industry-specific requirements. Definitions have been updated to more clearly reflect changes in close contact and quarantining requirements for fully vaccinated employees.  
  • Cleaning requirements have been updated to reflect changes in CDC recommendations.  
Employers should continue to have and implement a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan in accordance with the updated rules.

Governor Whitmer Signs Mixed Spirits Package to Create Jobs and Support Michigan Small Businesses
Today, Governor Whitmer
signed Senate Bill 141, Senate Bill 142, Senate Bill 143, and Senate Bill 144, which will make it easier for distillers and retailers to distribute and sell mixed spirit drinks, offering consumers more choices and growing our economy.  

“Ready-to-drink cocktails have experienced massive growth in the marketplace over the last few years and this legislation is a critical piece in ensuring that these products are able to compete on a level playing field,” Sen. VanderWall said. “These bills help our local distillers by removing tax barriers and giving them the ability to get their products in front of consumers easily and quickly.” 

Canned cocktails represent a growing part of the spirits industry, and SB 141-144 will allow for an expanded array of canned cocktails to be sold in Michigan. Previously, canned cocktails were capped at 10% alcohol by volume. These bills will allow for private wholesalers—often distilleries based in Michigan—to distribute canned cocktails up to 13.5% alcohol-by-volume. Taken together, the bills will cut red tape, support spirit manufacturers, and create good-paying jobs in Michigan.   
SB 141 was sponsored by Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R – Traverse City, and a copy can be found here.  
SB 142 was sponsored by Sen. Winnie Brinks, D - Grand Rapids, and a copy can be found here. 
SB 143 was sponsored by Sen. Jeremy Moss, D – Southfield, and a copy can be found here.  
SB 144 was sponsored by Sen. Curt VanderWall, R - Ludington, and a copy of SB 144 can be found here.  
The Alliance exists to advocate for rural northern Michigan and move forward rural-centric business policy.

Stacie Bytwork, Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance Chairperson
President & CEO of the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce

Sarah Hagen, Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance Vice-Chair
President & CEO of the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce

Kirstie Sieloff, Director of Government Relations
Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance & Traverse Connect

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