Jones’ veterans club legislation heading to governor

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Rick Jones’ legislation that would allow a veterans club to sell beer to members of different chapters of the same organization was unanimously approved by the Michigan House on Thursday and will soon be sent to the governor to be signed.

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

For decades, the American Legion, VFW, Eagles, Moose, and Knights of Columbus clubs allowed visiting members of another club within the same organization to purchase a beer. The LCC had been interpreting the law differently than current club practices.

“Many people join nonprofit veterans and fraternal groups to make a difference in their communities and to connect with their brothers and sisters who served our nation,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “This legislation would establish traveling memberships for these organizations and is supported by state officials and nonprofit veterans and fraternal groups.

“I look forward to seeing the governor sign this measure to ensure that Michigan veterans can visit their fellow veterans in another town and purchase a beer at the local veterans club.”

Senate Bill 662 would allow a local club of a nonprofit veterans or fraternal organization that is currently allowed to sell alcohol to its members to serve alcohol to members of different branches or chapters of the same organization from across the state.

The Senate unanimously approved SB 662 in January. Rep. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville, introduced similar legislation in the House.