- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Price-shock from open bars at private events could be a thing of the past in Michigan with legislation moving through the Legislature.

Alcohol could be sold for a set price at open bars at private events under a bill approved 106-4 Thursday in the House. The practice is currently prohibited, which supporters of the legislation say can cause shock when the tab comes due for open bars at weddings or other private events.

Supporters say alcohol could be sold for a per-person, per-hour rate that would provide more predictability for costs.

The bill has the support of several groups representing the alcohol industry, including the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association.

The Senate unanimously approved a similar bill last week. It’s unclear when lawmakers could send a measure to Gov. Rick Snyder.

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