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Dianda to Help Remote Areas

State Representative Scott Dianda has introduced new legislation to make it easier for stores in remote rural areas to supply gas to tourists. With the summer tourism season ahead, the bill is expected to aid travelers looking to explore Michigan’s rural Upper Peninsula, and bring more business to local establishments. Dianda’s bill would allow bars and very small convenience stores in remote areas to supply gas to tourists. Currently, the liquor code establishes a $10,000 inventory limit for businesses that apply to sell gas if they hold a specially designated distributor license. Many establishments in remote regions of the U.P. cannot sell gas because they fail to meet the inventory requirement. Dianda says the bill would make it easier for tourists to get the fuel they need to travel, and it will spur economic growth in the areas most difficult to get to.

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