House passes Rep. Hernandez bill allowing charitable fundraising on public roads

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‘Fill the boot’ bill advances to Gov. Rick Snyder

The Michigan House of Representatives gave final legislative approval today authored by state Rep. Shane Hernandez which will allow charitable and civic organizations to solicit funds on and near Michigan roadways.

“Groups like the Lions Club of Michigan and local firefighters have been safely doing this kind of fundraising for generations,” said Rep. Hernandez of Port Huron. “This longtime practice of fundraising will legally continue.”

The bill allows for fundraising if:

·         The charitable or civic organization is registered as a nonprofit with the state or U.S government;

·         Solicitations are made during daylight hours;

·         The individual doing the fundraising maintains at least half a million dollars in liability insurance;

·         The person fundraising is 18 years of age or older;

·         The person is wearing high-visibility safety apparel that meets the International Safety Equipment Association standards; and

·         The fundraising area is not a work zone and is within an intersection where traffic control devices are present.

Also included in the bill is language which ensures local municipalities will have the ability to regulate fundraising activities within their communities.

House Bill 4160 now advances to Gov. Rick Snyder for consideration.