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Attorney general issues opinion on roadside fundraising

August 8, 2016
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LANSING — Attorney General Bill Schuette says Michigan communities can bar charities and nonprofit groups from collecting money from drivers on public roads.

Sen. Phil Pavlov requested an opinion after Sebewaing, a village in Huron County, said it would stop groups from collecting money.

Schuette says state law clearly states that people are prohibited from soliciting money, especially if it interferes with traffic.

He says there's no law that expressly authorizes it.

Schuette says local governments have a "significant…interest in preserving the orderly flow of traffic and pedestrian safety."

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