#TBT: House committee makes Michigan a more business-friendly state

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Rules and regulations removed since 2011.

Welcome to this week’s edition of #ThrowbackThursday, where we take a closer look at the accomplishments of the House Regulatory Reform Committee. During the 2013-2014 legislative session, the Regulatory Reform committee, chaired by Rep. Hugh Crawford, has dedicated itself to reducing burdensome and duplicative regulations that stifle job and business growth in Michigan. To date, nearly 2,000 rules and regulations have been eliminated, making the Great Lake State a better place for local businesses to open and expand.

Some of the legislation includes:

Deregulating job-inhibiting licensing and occupation requirements to allow for more private sector job creation.

More than 10 bills have been passed and signed into law to repeal some unnecessary and burdensome occupational licensing regulations including interior designers, school solicitors, and foresters.

Working with the DEQ to deregulate areas that inhibited business growth and expansion.

House Bill 4768 eliminated outdated regulations that were discouraging local business growth. These burdensome regulations were a hindrance to small businesses and added unnecessary standards for operation.

Reforming microbrewery and brew pub regulations to allow Michigan’s craft beer industry to thrive.

Visual impact of HBs 4709-11PAs 42-45 of 2014 increase the barrel threshold for microbrewers from 30,000 to 60,000 annually, permit a brewpub to have up to six locations, up from three under previous law and finally allows brewers to expand from one tasting room to two.

With each piece of red tape House Republicans eliminate, Michigan becomes a more business-friendly state. Follow the committee throughout the remainder of the year to see how it’s working to make Michigan a better place to work and do business.

Revising regulations on scrap metal and how it is sold to help reduce theft.

Legislation was introduced to make reforms in the scrap metal industry by making scrap metal buyers and sellers more accountable. Under the legislation, scrap metal sales of air conditioners, catalytic converters and copper wire valued at $25 and greater would require a check be mailed to the seller, while sales of these items $24.99 and below could be paid on the spot with an encrypted debit card. All cash sales would be outlawed by the legislation to deter the buying and selling of stolen parts. An optional database would be another tool law enforcement could use to track down sellers of stolen items.