Earlier this summer, 2021, a bipartisan statewide bill was introduced to give temporary relief to charitable gaming events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Effectively, the bill would temporarily waive fees and expand the ability to hold specific nonprofit events that include games of chance. In these scenarios, the participants would use imitation money or chips, similar to a casino.
Senate Bill 564 is intended to help offset nonprofit fundraising declines realized from the nearly 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine. Michigan Nonprofit Association's Vice President, Kelly Kuhn, is quoted by MiBiz in their article from Sept. 12 regarding this bill's impact on nonprofits.