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2018-04-11 / News

Vet Clubs Now Can Sell Alcohol to Members

Under legislation supported by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) and signed recently by Governor Snyder, state law has been updated to allow certain private membership clubs that fall under a national umbrella—such as VFW, Elks and Moose clubs—to directly serve reciprocal members of their respective organizations.

“Until this law takes effect, state law requires outof town veterans to rely on others to purchase them a beer while visiting a veteran’s club during their travels,” said MLCC chairman Andy Deloney. “With the passing of this new law, veterans now will have the freedom to buy themselves a beer when they visit friends and other veterans. We were pleased to assist in the updating of state law to make this possible for our licensees and the veterans they serve. With the new law taking effect on July 4—90 days after it was signed—the timing couldn’t be better.”

Under the new law these specific clubs will be able to sell alcohol to all members of their national organization, not just exclusively to the local members.

A club license allows the licensee to sell beer, wine, mixed spirit drinks and spirits for consumption on the licensed premises and only to bona fide members of the club who are at least 21 years old.

SB 662 amends section 532 of 1998 PA 58 and defines bona fide members as follows:

For an incorporated or unincorporated nonprofit veterans’ organization that is a branch or chapter of a national organization or an organization chartered by the United States Congress, a bona fide member includes a member of another branch or chapter who possesses an identification card indicating current membership in the same national or congressionally chartered veterans’ organization.

For a branch, chapter, lodge, aerie or other local unit of a national fraternal nonprofit association that is exempt from federal income taxes under section 501(c)(8) or 501(c)(10) of the internal revenue code, 26 USC 501, a bona fide member includes a member of another branch, chapter, lodge, aerie or local unit who possesses an identification card indicating current membership in the same national fraternal nonprofit association.

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