LANSING (WWJ/AP) – The Michigan House has passed a bill eliminating the practice of putting price tags on every item. The measure passed Wednesday on a 69-41 vote.

As it stands now, nearly every item in a store is required to have a sticker price on it. The bill scraps the original law, but still requires retailers to post the item’s price where it can be clearly seen nearby.

“It does eliminate the item pricing requirement, that’s older than I am, but it still maintains the consumer protections that shoppers have come to know in Michigan, and that they deserve,” the bill’s sponsor, Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto, said.

Republican Governor Rick Snyder called for the change in his Jan. 19 State of the State address, saying the 1978 item pricing law is outdated.

Retail trade groups support the change, saying the current law results in higher prices.

However, the United Food and Commercial Workers union wants to keep the law. It says jobs would be lost in grocery stores if it’s repealed.

Some Democrats also oppose repeal, saying it would do away with consumer protections. And some, including State Senator Harvey Santana, say Gov. Snyder’s claim that the move will save the state money is incorrect.

“It begs the question why the Governor is citing numbers from a report where the premise is just wrong,” Santana said.

The legislation is House Bill 4158.  The bill now goes to the Senate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Comments (4)
  1. rmt says:

    Wow! I’m just SO glad that our highly paid lawmakers made such an important decision (were they looking for an easy out to our mountainous problems or was it just a slow press day?)!

  2. Bill says:

    Mr Snyder! Good Job!
    Now when we get to the Register with no prices on each item ,we won’t be able to check to see of we are OVERCHAGED, unless we memorize all the prices, and if we do, and question the overcharge, the store will have to send someone to check the price of it, in the food isle. Making us wait longer in line!.
    Mr Snyder is this your idea to create jobs and business profits by overcharging people. GOOD JOB in bringing back a problem that was already solved and may have to be solved again!!!!!
    PLEASE!!!!! DON’T GET more ides to take us BACKWIORD, and create more problems!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. jujo68@att.net says:

    how come everytime a price scans wrong it is in favor of the store ? i have personaly told stores their price tags are wrong and went back a week later and they did not correct price tags . they are scamming the public. do away with the law and we are all sitting ducks

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