Legislature Passes Item-Pricing Repeal

(Lansing-WWJ) The Michigan Legislature has given final approval to a bill repealing Michigan’s unique item-pricing law, sending the measure to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk for his expected signature.

The Senate version was approved by a 25-13 vote. It includes a provision requiring retailers to post an item’s price where it can clearly be seen by consumers, although not necessarily on the item itself.

The current item-pricing regulation will remain in effect until September first. After that, price tags will no longer be required on individual items.

Gov. Snyder, in January’s State of the State address, called on the Legislature to repeal the 35 year-old law, calling it expensive and obsolete. Unions, including the United Food and Commercial Workers, contend  jobs will be lost and consumers harmed if item-pricing is repealed.

Massachusetts is the only other state with a similar statute, but it applies only to food retailers.

(Copyright 2011, WWJ Newsradio 950. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press Contributed To This Story.)

  • TJ

    Michigan gets dragged into the 21st century kicking and screaming all the way….

  • Dan

    This would not be a big problem, but have you ever tried to check a price out by looking at the product number on the item, and then the store’s pricing tag on the shelf – Good luck. The state of Michigan should have made a law that reqires all stores have more UPC scanners in the stores to check prices. Or at least ones that WORK,.

  • Sally

    Do we still have the bounty to be paid if the store overcharges us?


    The loss of jobs, so badly needed in Michigan, will be the impact of the Item Pricing repeal. Consumers will also be harmed when there is no price on an item. Once you arrive at the check out, there is no way to know if you are being overcharged at the register.

    Additionally, I tend to walk away from items that aren’t clearly marked without making a purchase if I have to take time to find someone to obtain the price. Using my time to take the item to a store scanner is not an option for me when the shelf price tag is not there or when the price displayed on the shelf does not correspond with the item above it. Consequently retailers will feel the brunt as well.

  • Mouhamad A. Naboulsi

    Republicans. What else are they up to?

  • Charles E Murphy

    Why is it that Michigan is the only state that requires all items to be priced. I guess that is because all the other states have no idea how to run their states and their consumers are just to uncaring to worry about it. I for one see this law being abused quite often by the consumer and this costs the retailers thousands of dollars in unnesessary labor costs as well.

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