Committee approves Stamas’ government efficiency bills

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate Oversight Committee on Thursday approved Sen. Jim Stamas’ legislation as part of a 12-bill package to repeal 29 obsolete, burdensome or duplicative state reports.

“This is about making state government more efficient and effective by cutting out costly and unnecessary reports,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “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.”

Stamas introduced Senate Bill 1000, which is the most comprehensive bill in the Senate package. It would repeal 16 reporting requirements in the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. One report eliminated by the bill would be a report by the Department of Natural Resources on the Recreation Bond Fund, which has been closed out and has exhausted its funds.

Stamas also sponsored SB 1003, which 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“The reports eliminated in these bills are outdated, onerous, covered by other departments, provide little benefit or feature information already available to the public online,” Stamas said.

A total of 41 reports would be repealed by the Senate bills and companion House measures.

SBs 1000-1011 now head to the full Senate for consideration.