Governor signs Stamas bill to create fundraising plates for Detroit teams’ charities

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday approved Sen. Jim Stamas’ legislation to help charitable organizations connected with Detroit’s professional sports teams raise funds.

“Michigan sports fans support their Detroit teams, and the teams in turn help support valuable services in our state through their charities,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “Starting next year, Michigan drivers will be able to help these nonprofits and all they do for Michigan children and our communities by purchasing a fundraising license plate of their favorite team.”

Senate Bill 178, now Public Act 326 of 2018, allows the secretary of state’s office to develop and issue fundraising license plates recognizing the Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers.

Under the new act, proceeds from the sale of the fundraising license plates will be distributed to the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, Detroit Tigers Foundation, Detroit Lions Charities, and Come Together Foundation (formerly known as the Pistons-Palace Foundation).

“Although the Tigers, Pistons, Lions and Red Wings are well-known, most people are unaware of their charitable foundations,” Stamas said. “From supporting young sports and wellness programs to increasing volunteerism and education, these charities are a tremendous benefit to their communities and the state. These new fundraising plates will give residents a chance to support the work of these organizations while also showing off their team spirit.”

Stamas said that the plates will not cost the state anything. Each nonprofit will pay the secretary of state’s office a nonrefundable startup fee. As a fundraising item, each plate will cost vehicle owners a $25 donation and a $10 service fee above the cost of a standard plate. The $25 will then be deposited into a designated charity fund to be used for the cause associated with the plate.