Sen. Jones’ veterans club legislation signed

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed Sen. Rick Jones’ legislation to allow a veterans club to sell beer to members of different chapters of the same organization.

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.

“I thank the governor for signing this measure to solve this issue and establishing traveling memberships for these organizations,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “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.

“This new law will ensure that Michigan veterans can visit their fellow veterans in another town and purchase a beer at the local veterans club.”

Senate Bill 662, now Public Act 104 of 2018, allows 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.