Stamas bills to streamline state government signed

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed Sen. Jim Stamas’ legislation as part of a multi-bill package to repeal 40 obsolete, burdensome or duplicative state reports.

“These reforms cut out costly and unnecessary reports that provided little value to the public or the function of state government,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “In many cases, these reports were no longer needed and were a complete waste of taxpayer dollars.

“The eliminated reports were outdated, onerous, covered by other departments, or featured information that is already available online.”

Stamas sponsored Senate Bill 1000, now Public Act 237 of 2018, to repeal 16 reporting requirements in the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. One of the eliminated reports is one by the Department of Natural Resources on the Recreation Bond Fund, which has been closed out and has exhausted its funds.

Another Stamas measure repeals a requirement that the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development submit an annual report on dairy producer licenses to the Legislature.

“This is about streamlining state government to make it more efficient and effective with tax dollars,” Stamas said. “Instead of spending time and money on creating these reports, those limited resources will be able to be put to better use addressing the issues facing Michigan families and businesses every day.”

The Senate and House measures are now PAs 237 and 287-310 of 2018.