Governor signs Hune legislation bringing consistency to vending machine licensing

Senator Joe Hune

Senator Joe Hune

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Joe Hune that would create a uniform code for the licensing and inspection of vending machines was recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Senate Bill 774, now Public Act 188 of 2016, would amend several sections of Michigan’s Food Law by creating a statewide system for licensing and inspecting vending machine locations.

“This is simply about creating a consistent set of guidelines that vendors can follow on a statewide basis,” said Hune, R-Fowlerville. “Some companies may be responsible for complying with licensing and inspection requirements for several different localities, making conducting everyday business burdensome and bogged down in regulations.”

Michigan has 45 local public health departments. Under current state law, each jurisdiction has its own inspection, licensing, and fee structure for vending machines. Vending machine businesses generally have vending machines in multiple locations across the state and are often subject to multiple, inconsistent requirements while conducting business.

The updated fee structure in this legislation would allow the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the managing agency, to hire a full time employee to administer the system and establish a fair and consistent fee structure for businesses.

“Businesses that conduct their operations solely within state lines should not be subject to as many as 45 separate and inconsistent polices,” Hune said. “We need to focus on letting businesses grow and prosper, not burden companies with over-regulation for expanding their business to the statewide level.”

The bill was signed June 20 and takes effect Sept. 18.


Hune: Updated seed law will benefit consumers

Sen. Joe Hune

Sen. Joe Hune

LANSING, Mich. — A bill sponsored by state Sen. Joe Hune to update grass seed labeling requirements was recently signed into law.

Senate Bill 637, now Public Act 166 of 2016, updates Michigan’s seed law to better align state, federal and industry requirements, which the senator said would reduce customer confusion.

“This is a common sense reform that brings Michigan’s seed law up to date with existing federal and industry standards and makes it easier for consumers to understand grass seed labels,” said Hune, R-Fowlerville.

Specifically, the new law establishes a 15-month window to sell cool season grass seed, which includes Kentucky bluegrass, red fescue, chewings fescue, hard fescue, tall fescue, perennial ryegrass, intermediate ryegrass, and mixtures that are commonly used on home lawns.

The Association of American Seed Control Officials and the federal government have already established these standards, as have 29 other states. The old range was 11 months.

Additionally, Hune’s bill updates terminology to more accurately reflect industry practices. The newly established 15-month window will now be referred to as a “sell by” date. Previously it was called a “testing period.”

The bill was signed June 8 and takes effect Sept. 6.