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Senate approves MacDonald bill to help nonprofit charitable fundraising

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved Sen. Michael D. MacDonald’s legislation to temporarily waive fees and increase the availability of charitable gaming events in Michigan.

“Many nonprofits in Michigan — from school groups to veteran organizations — use charitable gaming activities to help raise the resources they need to fulfill their mission and serve our communities,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “Unfortunately, just like millions of Michigan families and small businesses, our charities were severely impacted by the pandemic and the resulting mandates.

“My bill would help our charities recover, boost the availability of these activities, and allow nonprofits to keep more of the money they raise to put to good use helping the people of Michigan.”

Charitable gaming events, often called “millionaire parties,” are casino-style games hosted by nonprofit organizations to generate funds.

Senate Bill 564 would temporarily increase the number of millionaire parties a qualified organization may hold and waive the $50 per day fee for holding such a party. The bill’s changes would be in effect until Jan. 1, 2024.

The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.