A Michigan state House committee has approved a package of bills that would allow some microbrewers to provide samples of their beer and sell a limited amount of growlers at farmer's markets in Michigan.

The legislation is similar to one approved last year that deals with wine tasting.
State House Democrats Andy Schor of Lansing and Marcia Hovey-Wright of Muskegon say Michigan has the fifth largest craft brewing industry in the country, and allowing beer sampling at farmer's markets in the state will encourage job and brewing industry growth.

The proposal requires market operators to obtain a 25-dollar permit and a $70 inspection fee would be required with each application. Applicants would also need approval from the local police agency where the market is located.

The legislation now goes to the full house for consideration.