Jones introduces bill to clarify veterans club law

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Rick Jones on Thursday turned in legislation that would restore a veterans group club’s ability to sell beer to members of another club.

The Liquor Control Commission (LCC) recently told a Veterans of Foreign Wars club that they could not sell beer to visiting members from other VFW clubs.

For decades, members of the American Legion, VFW, Eagles, Moose, and Knights of Columbus clubs were allowed to visit another club within the same organization and purchase a beer. The LCC is now interpreting the law differently and stopping that practice.

“I’m angry that the Liquor Control Commission decided this and did not come to the Legislature and ask for a commonsense law change,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “My bill will ensure that veterans can visit other veterans clubs, purchase a beer and spend time with their brothers and sisters who served our nation. With Veterans Day coming up, this is a common practice.”

Senate Bill 662 would allow a member of any fraternal order that is currently allowed to sell alcohol to its members to be able to visit that same group’s clubs across the state and purchase alcohol. The bill has 33 co-sponsors.

Rep. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville, is introducing the same bill in the House. Barrett is an Iraq War veteran.

“Veterans have made tremendous sacrifices for our nation,” Jones said. “They deserve to be treated better. At the very least, they have earned the ability to visit a fellow veteran in another city and to order a beer at their veterans club.”