Regulatory Reform: These changes bring needed updates to the state’s workplace safety regulations to help make Michigan more inviting to job providers while still ensuring appropriate safety protections.

 

SB 1335, sponsored by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, ensures that Michigan workplace safety rules will exceed federal standards only when there are circumstances unique to Michigan that require going beyond federal standards, or when a broad consensus of union and non-union employers and employees agree that a standard is necessary.

 

HB 5922, sponsored by Rep. Jon Bumstead, reduces a needless layer of government by eliminating the General Industry Safety Standards Commission. The commission’s rulemaking authority was transferred to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) director in 1996, so the commission no longer serves its original purpose. HB 5922 reduces the size of government and saves tax dollars without compromising worker safety.

 

The governor intends to sign related bills when they are presented. They are SB 1336, sponsored by Sen. Patrick Colbeck, which eliminates the Occupational Health Standards Commission; and HB 5917, sponsored by Rep. Joe Graves, which eliminates the Construction Safety Standards Commission. Both commissions had their rulemaking authority transferred to the LARA director in 1996. Following elimination of the standards commissions, LARA and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration will continue to regularly engage with stakeholders to ensure worker safety.

 

Snyder also plans to sign SB 1328 once it reaches his desk. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Tom Casperson, will encourage the cleanup and closure of more contaminated sites, returning them to productive use more quickly. It provides the Department of Environmental Quality flexibility in its cleanup approval process. It offers tools to help property owners finance redevelopment of contaminated properties through DEQ approval of site documentation required by lenders. In addition, SB 1328 will encourage more brownfield redevelopment by allowing the safe relocation of contaminated soil

 

In addition, the governor intends to sign a series of bills designed to make Michigan more attractive to the insurance and finance industries. These industries are important to Michigan as they offer high paying, technology-oriented jobs.

 

The bills remove obsolete statutes, eliminate significant government-mandated costs that have little benefit to the consumer, and remove barriers to innovation so Michigan can better compete for these jobs with other states.

 

Sponsors are Rep. Jeff Farrington (HB 5835), Rep. Nancy Jenkins (HB 5836), Rep. Kevin Cotter (HB 5837), Rep. Matt Huuki (HB 5838), Rep. Ray Franz (HB 5863), Sen. Darwin Booher (SB 1281), Sen. Mike Green (SB 1283), Sen. Mike Nofs (1284), Sen. James Marleau (SBs 1285 and 1308), Rep. Deb Shaughnessy (HB 5890), Rep. Peter Lund (HB 5891),and Sen. Joe Hune (SB 1305).

 

Visit www.legislature.mi.gov for more information on the bills.

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed several tax and regulatory reforms that will help create more and better jobs for Michigan families.

 

The new laws will encourage economic growth by reducing the Personal Property Tax burden on job providers, bringing certainty and fairness to Michigan’s severance tax structure, and modernizing state regulations.

 

“Michigan is the nation’s comeback state but our work isn’t done,” Snyder said. “We must continually eliminate barriers to job growth by bringing greater fairness to our tax system and efficiencies to government regulations. These latest reforms will enhance Michigan’s competitiveness, which means success for our workers and bright futures for our children. I appreciate the leadership of Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and our legislative partners as we keep driving Michigan forward.”

 

Bills signed by the governor are: