‘Tootsie Roll’ bill to add more organizations
State Rep. Dan Lauwers today testified in the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his bill to allow an individual to solicit contributions on behalf of fraternal charitable organizations on and near Michigan roadways.
A new law allows an individual to solicit contributions on public roads on behalf of certain charitable or civic organizations. While many civic and charitable organizations were covered under the law, a 501(c)(8) was not. Examples of organizations included in this classification are the Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, Knights of Columbus, Fraternal Order of Police and Freemasons.
“This bill will allow for fraternal charitable organizations like the Knights of Columbus to legally fundraise on Michigan roads,” said Lauwers, of Brockway Township. “An unforeseen change in the Senate’s consideration of the original bill created the need for this change. It was first brought to my attention at church, the Sunday following the bill’s passage.”
The bill provides a structured and safe way for fraternal charitable organizations to conduct fundraising legally.
Fundraising would be allowed if the following conditions are met:
· 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 $500,000 in liability insurance;
· The person fundraising is 18 years of age or older;
· The person is wearing high-visibility safety apparel that meets 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.
House Bill 4888 remains under consideration in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.