Michigan House approves lawmaker’s plan improving state’s competitiveness
The Michigan House of Representatives today gave final legislative approval to a plan authored by state Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, limiting the ability of state departments from adopting rules that are more stringent than federal government regulations without showing a clear and convincing need.
Cole’s measure – nicknamed “no greater than the feds” – does not prohibit departments from implementing stricter rules, it simply requires additional justification on any determination for regulations. House Bill 4205 is intended to reduce these rules from being made by unelected bureaucrats rather than by Michigan’s elected officials in the Legislature.
“Holding state departments accountable and establishing a regulatory system that promotes job creation will improve Michigan’s competitiveness,” Cole said. “Moving forward, rules still could be more binding than the federal government, but this legislation takes a closer look at how certain requirements are authorized, ensures we are not overregulating Michigan’s economy and improves transparency.”
House Bill 4205 now moves to the governor for consideration.