VanderWall bill would allow bars and breweries to donate profits from beverage sales to charity

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LANSING, Michigan— Sen. Curt VanderWall on Tuesday introduced legislation allowing bars, breweries and other liquor licensees to donate a percentage of profits from beverage sales to nonprofit charities.

“Currently there is a lot of confusion among bar and brewery owners about what types of charitable donations they can and cannot make based on their sales – this bill would help simplify the process,” said said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “More than that, my bill would allow them to advertise these fundraisers without confusion or fear of a Michigan Liquor Control Commission violation. Many of our favorite establishments are simply refraining from donating to charities because of so much confusion around the rules.

VanderWall said he had recently heard of liquor licensees who wanted to hold fundraising events to benefit Ukrainians suffering from Russia’s invasion of their country, but failed to do so. because of their confusion regarding liquor laws and state charitable donations.

“It’s not just about the current state of global affairs,” VanderWall said. “There are always opportunities to help those in need overseas, domestically and within our own local communities. We should encourage our local business owners and their neighbors who want to give to worthy nonprofits, not hinder them. »

Senate Bill 1004 has been referred to the Committee on Regulatory Reform.

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