Legislation & Current Issues

State Legislation & Issues

Nonprofit Property Tax Exemption - SB 960

Michigan Senate Bill 960 will address the rise in the number of cases of local tax assessors challenging the property tax exemptions of charitable nonprofit organizations. The nonprofits involved are located all over the state and represent a wide variety of charitable organizations such as child development centers, nursing homes, and homeless shelters.

Specifically, the bill intends to do the following:

  • Codify and modify the Michigan Supreme Court’s holding in Wexford Medical Group v. City of Cadillac (the “Wexford decision”).
  • Strengthen and bring clarity and consistency to the process, not expand or restrict the eligibility for exemption.
  • Define what it means to be a charitable institution.
  • Require the State Tax Commission to work with the Michigan Nonprofit Association to educate assessors about the changes contained in the legislation.

To read the full text of the bill, click here.

To see a list of organizations in support of the bill, click here. If you would like to add your organization's support, please contact Terry Streetman, Communications & Public Policy Manager, at tstreetman@mnaonline.org

Michigan Election Dates & Deadlines

Michigan Nonprofit Association encourages all eligible registered citizens to ensure they are registered to vote before the October 11, 2016 registration deadline for the November general election. The deadline to request an absentee voter ballot for the November election is Saturday, November 5. Click here to register to vote in Michigan.

Other important links:

Michigan Nonprofit Association supports the League of Women Voters Education Fund and the publication of the voters' guide. With the online voters guide you can enter your address to find your polling place, see the races on your ballot, compare candidates' positions side-by-side, and print out a "ballot" indicating your preferences as a reminder and take it with you to the polls on Election Day. There are also resources for military and overseas voters.

Nonprofit Voter Engagement Resources

Want to know how your nonprofit can get involved in getting out the vote? Nonprofit VOTE has recently updated its guide to nonpartisan voter engagement that includes everything from what is legally permissible by 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to tips on holding candidate forums. 

The Budget 

From the Michigan League for Public Policy

The Michigan League for Public Policy's Budget Briefs will keep you abreast of the latest state budget developments that affect children, families and economically vulnerable people in Michigan.

Budget Briefs | A First Look at the Governor's 2016-2017 Budget | Fact Sheet: Michigan's Budget: How Much is There to Work With?

Bills we are tracking

Weekly Updates prepared by Dykema Gossett PLLC.

Federal Legislation & Issues

U.S Department of Labor Finalizes New Overtime Rules

Learn how to implement the new rules at MNA's webinar delivered by Plante & Moran on October 11, 2016 at 1:00 pm.  For details and registration information go to Upcoming Events on the homepage.

Under the new rules—which will go into effect on December 1, 2016—a full-time, salaried employee earning less than $47,476 per year could now be eligible to receive overtime pay. DOL estimates that 4.2 million workers will be affected by this change.

Charities Helping Americans Regularly Throughout the Year Act (CHARITY Act S.2750)

Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) today introduced the "Charities Helping Americans Regularly Throughout the Year Act" (CHARITY Act), S.2750. 

If enacted, the legislation would:

  1. Express the sense of the senate that "encouraging charitable giving should be a goal of tax reform," and that Congress should ensure that the value and scope of the federal charitable deduction "is not diminished
  2. Permit IRA rollovers into donor advised funds and add pay-out and other disclosures for DAFs
  3. Streamline the foundation excise tax by setting a fixed rate of one percent (unenacted portion of the America Gives More Act)
  4. Mandate electronic filing of IRS Form 990s, with a delayed effective date for smaller nonprofits with revenues of between $200,000 and $500,000
  5. Establish an adjustable Volunteer Mileage Rate pegged to rate for medical/moving purposes (currently 19 cents)
  6. Make a limited exception to the private foundation excess business holding tax for enterprises that donate all profits to charity.

H.R. 4281, the Charitable Giving Privacy Protection Act

MNA is supporting legislation introduced by Congressmen Keith Rothfus [PA-12] and Brian Higgins [NY-26] that will help protect nonprofits and encourage charitable giving by ensuring that nonprofits are never forced to collect social security numbers when soliciting or accepting donations. This simple, narrowly-crafted bill has been endorsed by groups like Habitat for Humanity and the National Council of Nonprofits, which represents more than 25,000 nonprofit organizations across the country. One-page summary.

Nonprofit Advocacy Matters

The National Council of Nonprofits provides MNA's members access to public policy, training, and education resources at the national level. Nonprofit Advocacy Matters is a bi-weekly newsletter on policy issues affecting the nonprofit sector.Click here to access the most recent issue of Nonprofit Advocacy Matters.