Legislature Approves Change for Elks, Moose, and Certain Other Not-For-Profits

June 15, 2005

The New York State Assembly gave final legislative approval today to a measure (A.7674/S.4960-A) that would allow other members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Loyal Order of Moose, and certain other not-for-profit corporations and benevolent orders the same privileges as affiliated chapter members.

The Elks, the Moose, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and similar not-for-profit corporations and benevolent orders play an important role in the communities in which they are located and provide camaraderie to the organizations’ members. Under current law, however, if members of one such organization visit another of the organization’s New York affiliated chapters elsewhere, they may not buy drinks for themselves or even for fellow members unless they are members of that particular chapter and have their names and addresses on file with that club.

“This legislation builds on a law enacted in 2004 that gives members of national veterans’ organizations in New York State this privilege,” said Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, the sponsor of the bill. “This bill allows, for example, a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 2163 in Tonawanda, to visit a Moose lodge in another region of the state and have the same privileges as if he were a member of that particular Moose lodge. The change removes an arbitrary and unnecessary barrier between members of these organizations.”

Senator James Wright sponsors this legislation in the State Senate. The bill awaits final approval by the Governor.