These bills will break down barriers for Michiganders
In the past decade, we’ve been pleased to see the Michigan Legislature take action to reduce barriers in occupational licensing. Unfortunately, in recent weeks it has become clear that the state still has outsized control over whether or not Michiganders can practice their occupation of choice, earn a living, and perform meaningful work in their communities.
As the chairman of the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee we urge you to take two swift and decisive actions to address this problem.
First, on May 13, 2020 the House resoundingly passed HB 4488 - HB 4493. This package of bills will reform the definition of “good moral character,” so that a prior criminal record which poses no threat to public safety and is not significantly related to an applicants work cannot be held against them. We encourage you to quickly bring that package up in committee, and support its reporting to the Senate for a floor vote.
Second, Senator Lana Theis’ SB 0040 has been sitting with your committee since it was introduced in January 2019. This bill is one of the most effective tools we have for a careful and deliberate reform of licensing laws in Michigan. It would create a strategic review process of the licensing laws on the books in Michigan. Over a five year period, a commission would review every license requirement in the state to determine if the current laws substantially protect public health and safety. We therefore, strongly encourage you to bring SB 0040 to a hearing in your committee as well.
The pursuit and attainment of a job is essential to the American Dream and the American Dream is essential to a free and prosperous Michigan. We owe it to the people of Michigan to make every effort to enable them to accomplish their dreams through the unencumbered pursuit of a fulfilling livelihood.