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Micro Market Bill Passes Michigan Legislature
CHICAGO – March 28, 2018 – Micro market legislation has become law in the state of Michigan. On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed the bill passed by the state’s legislature containing micro market clarification language that was proposed by the Michigan Distributors and Vendors Association (MDVA), a NAMA State Council.
“Like many industries, ours is rapidly evolving, and we are being asked for new ways to provide products to our customers – micro markets are one of those ways for us to do so,” said Jeff Smith, NAMA Board Chair Elect and Chairman & CEO of All Star Services in Michigan.
“This legislation is important because it is a proactive measure that clarifies the micro market concept and will ensure that Michigan operators can continue to expand their business endeavors in the micro market space. We are pleased to be joining the ranks of other state councils that have pursued this issue on behalf of the industry, paving the way for micro markets to be treated similarly – from a regulatory and/or legislative perspective – across the country,” he concluded.
The bill was granted “immediate effect,” which rendered it effective upon Gov. Snyder’s signature. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) will have oversight of the implementation of the legislation.
NAMA represents the $31 billion U.S. convenience services industry. By providing advocacy, education and research, NAMA works to promote and protect the industry’s nearly 160,000 hardworking employees. Through traditional vending and micro markets, office coffee and pantry services, product manufacturing and small-drop distribution, convenience services meets the needs of over 40 million American consumers daily at work, home, school and play.