Senate approves government efficiency bills

I proudly sponsored legislation as part of a bipartisan package to repeal 29 obsolete, burdensome or duplicative state reports. The Senate has approved 12 Senate bills and will soon approve the companion House measures.

This is about making state government more efficient and effective by cutting out costly and unnecessary reports. Spending time and money on creating reports that are no longer needed and provide little value to the public or Legislature is a waste of taxpayer dollars.

The resources currently being used to do these reports could be put to better use addressing the issues facing Michigan families and businesses every day.

I sponsored two bills in the package. Senate Bill 1000 is the most comprehensive bill in the Senate package and would repeal 16 reporting requirements in the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. One report eliminated by the bill would be one by the state on a fund that has been closed out and has exhausted its resources.

SB 1003 would repeal a requirement that the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development submit an annual report on dairy producer licenses to the Legislature.

The reports eliminated in these bills are outdated, onerous, covered by other departments, provide little benefit or feature information already available online.

A total of 40 reports would be repealed by SBs 1000-1011 and companion House measures.