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Tuesday, 23 July 2013 11:00

Brown Introduces Bill to Allow Fundraising on Public Roads

(AREA) -- State Representative Terry Brown of Pigeon introduced a bill last week that would allow employees or volunteers of a charitable organization to conduct fundraising activities while standing or walking within a street. The bill authorizes municipal governments to pass a resolution to permit charitable fundraising on roads within that municipality. The situation was brought to Brown's attention when the Sebewaing Village Council refused to allow the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars to conduct their annual poppy sale. A Michigan Department of Transportation representative informed a member of the council that the sale, which the council has authorized before, is a violation of state law, meaning that organizations such as the Knights of Columbus and Lion's Club are affected as well. Representative Brown says his legislation would allow local officials and the charities themselves to decide what's appropriate for fundraising.