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An Opening for Michigan Licensing Reform

When the state asks for higher fees, repeal the mandates

… million in revenue for licenses and permits. But the … Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, … law requires to be licensed. In theory, the fees … departments. Last year, Michigan s licensing apparatus collected … more

Michigan Requires More Than 200 Occupational Licenses

And the fee to be a plumber is twice as much as a doctor

… Michigan, you need to get a license at least to work … the state of Michigan licenses. These licenses, which typically require … Michigan occupational licensing laws remain a much-overlooked … more

Michigan House Passes Bills Rolling Back Arbitrary ‘Handyman’ Licensing

Projects costing less than $4,000 would face fewer restrictions

… an amateur pilot s license, the Federal Aviation … instruction. The state of Michigan licenses nearly 200 occupations, … who is required to be licensed and who is able to … required to have a license but if you build … more

Vet Saves Dog's Life, Family is Happy – State Sanctions Him

The problem with occupational licensing

… have lost his state license. Why? Because a state … Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, … same standard to all licensed professions? A building … are subject to state licensing. This means workers … more

Do You Feel Endangered When You Travel Out of State?

Licensing laws are arbitrary

… that many occupational licensing laws are unnecessary … workforces that are licensed. Michigan borders … of their population licensed. So the … Each state has fewer licensing requirements than … more

A Federal Bill to Loosen Licensing Requirements

And a step for Michigan to follow suit

… The Alternatives to Licensing that Lowers Obstacles … their occupational license in any state or military … teacher, my sister is licensed in one state, but sometimes that license doesn t transfer to … more

MichiganVotes: Legislation Would Eliminate Licensing Mandate on Dietitians, Nutritionists

State report: 'It does not appear that licensing dietitians and nutritionists is necessary to protect the public'

… required to have a license there, the state board … also requires strict licensing for those providing … care services unless licensed or otherwise authorized." … work supervised by a licensed professional and complete … more

From Batting Nets to 'Hide Haulers,' Almost Everything Requires a License in Detroit

City regulations likely among the most stringent in the nation

… business in Detroit face licensing fees of up to $1,500 … If a business isn't licensed or is not licensed properly, it is subject … movers must pay a $178 licensing fee and $25 each … more

Reform Occupational Licensing Laws to Prevent Crime

… Michigan s occupational licensing laws. By raising … record from getting a license, these laws prevent … make matters worse, licensing laws often prevent … for themselves. State licensing laws typically include … more

Detroit Dishes Out Excessive Taxes, Fees To Business Owners

City licensing and inspection fees among the highest measured; $400 for an awning

… $1,800 for a valet license. And the city taxes … just keep taxing and licensing us to death to bring … would cost in terms of licensing and inspection fees … reviewing four common licensing fees. Detroit ($2,660) … more

State Licensing Laws Affecting Where People Choose to Live

Another reason to loosen labor regulations

… workers needed to be licensed to work legally. Today … strongly suggests that licensing is usually arbitrary … paper, Occupational Licensing and Interstate Migration , … suggests that strict licensing laws are specially … more

Two Cheers for Legislators on Licensing

Good progress in 2013, more to be done

… issue is occupational licensing state rules that … profession. Rolling back licensure mandates requires … It also tweaked some licensing requirements for … explored reforming licensure mandates on landscape … more

Occupational Licensing Costs Hurt Working Class Michiganders

… obtain an occupational license, required by the state … for Justice looked at licensing requirements. In … obtain a barber s license was the 9th-greatest … necessary for an EMT s license but a barber's license … more

Licensing Lunacy

… Kentucky used occupational licensing laws to shut down … involves John Rosemond, a licensed family psychologist … of advice merits a license from Kentucky. The … with a host of other licensing mandates , Michigan … more

Inconsistent Licensing Requirements

State needs fewer regulations, more jobs

… being based on safety, licensing requirements for … imposing occupational licensure without valid concerns … requirements. Michigan licenses painters , barbers , … examples where the state licenses some things, and not … more

Court Overrules Licensing Board, Exonerates Vet Who Saved Dog

Reality TV viewer complained after Dr. Pol helped Mr. Pigglesworth

… procedure, a state licensing subcommittee called … Michigan's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. After … Services, also part of the licensing department, issued … She also attended the licensing board s disciplinary … more

Why Does the State License Barbers?

Licensing bill doesn't go far enough

… instruction at a licensed barber college that … (IJ), which monitors licensing in every state, Michigan s … of Alabama had no licensing requirement for barbers. … completely. Often, the purpose of licensure is to protect certain … more

The Harm of Occupational Licensing Laws

Michigan's 'guild-ridden labor market' hurts economy; does not protect consumer health and safety

… look into occupational licensing. What had … Case of Occupational Licensing . Licensure is a mandate by the … way. Kleiner said the rise of licensing in recent decades … more

House Chips Away at Licensing Mandates

Senate continues to ignore reforms

… state has a lot of licensing mandates that drive … policy. So consider licensing. A House committee … that would eliminate license requirements for dietitians … nutritionists . The bill to license these workers was only … more

Bills Targeting Dubious Licensing Laws Held Up In The Legislature

Interior designers, auctioneers, community planners all subject to regulations

Measures to eliminate licensing laws for occupations … elimination of occupational licensing are now in either … of 18 occupational licenses and nine licensure boards. Licensing … more

Jobs Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Licensing and regulation overkill hurts job market.

… craziness of current licensing laws across the nation. In … requires a cosmetology license which would teach … Times: A cosmetology license required nearly two … and Nail Technology Licensing Board. The board, … more

MichiganVotes: Proposed — Lie Detector Tester Licensure Repeal; New Licensing For Pharmacy Technicians

One bill would eliminate 1972 law; another would add new law to the books

… that would repeal the licensing of forensic polygraph … that would impose new licensing mandates on pharmacy … passed an exam, and paid licensing fees to the state. A … There are currently 117 licensees in the state and … more

A Path to Real Regulatory Reform: Decrease Michigan’s Licensing Burden

… athletic trainer, a state license requires 1,460 days … most other states: We license too many occupations, … headlines. But occupational licensure where the government … workers must first get a license to hold a job. In … more

Issues Ideas Forum Dec. 4 in Lansing

Our growing occupational licensing regime

… about occupational licensing. On this issue, Dr. … for why occupational licensing laws are harmful. Specifically, licensure laws raise costs, … below-average incomes, because licensing laws limit the opportunities … more

Texas Looks to Decrease Occupational Licensing

Michigan should follow suit, remove more barriers to work

… number of occupational licensing rules. These standards … notes, Regulation by licensure results in less competition, … indicate that such licensing reduces job growth … significantly reform licensing for interior designers, … more

City Looks to License Cats For Acting Like Cats

… to see residents get licenses for their cats. Ann … wants to impose more licensing and costs on residents … more

June 7, 2013, Weekly Vote Report

Votes on National Guard pensions, hunting licenses

… annual off road vehicle license tax from $16.25 to $26.25 for a license that does not authorize … hunting and fishing license fees: Passed 77 to … hunting and fishing license fees in a manner that … more

How to Ease the Coming Physician Shortage

Changing licensing restrictions and expanding services would help

… eligible for a state license to practice. This timespan … before they obtain a license. This process … supervision of an already-licensed physician. While more … more

Michigan’s Looming Dentist Shortage?

Mid-level providers could help fill the gaps

… were 240 new dental license applications filed … would create a new license for a midlevel provider … more

Who Knew? Man Faces Criminal Charges For Snowmobiling While Driver's License Suspended

… does not require a license to operate a snowmobile … while his driver s license was suspended. Under … class. I didn t need a license at 12. I didn t need … how the status of his license to drive a car would … more

Commentary: Laws Should Be Just, Benefit Consumers

Licensing standards need to be scaled back

… industry. Michigan s licensed barber shop colleges … first obtains a state license that, among other things, … course of study at a licensed barber college. The … for Michigan s five licensed barber colleges that … more

Practicing Capitalism Without a License?

… bill that would impose licensing mandates and fees … that applications for licenses or renewals come with … Michigan to impose licensure on everything from … moratorium on any new licensure mandates, McHugh … more

Regulatory Roadblocks Hurt the Poor

… thanks to Michigan s licensing apparatus. While … eliminated from the state licensing apparatus. Have … more

1,200 Hours To Be a Lawyer, But 2,000 To Be a Barber

New bill would repeal haircut licensing standards

… example to highlight how licensing laws in the state … realize is it is the licensees who benefit from licensure, McGrath said. … would repeal all license mandates on barber … more

Michigan Votes: Bill Would Lessen Mandates on Landscape Architects

Workers are forced to have seven years experience, take approved classes and provide references to the state

… three of which must be licensed architects themselves. These … which would repeal the licensing law. "We want … eliminate some of the licensing for the non life-threatening … said. These types of licensing requirements hurt … more

Commentary: Michigan Licensing Laws Must Change

… of 18 occupational licenses and nine licensure boards. Licenses on the chopping block … come. An "occupational license" is essentially a government … more

Supreme Court Justice Keynote Speaker on Milton Friedman Legacy Day

Justice Brian Zahra talks licensing reform

… the elimination of licensure for those who want … more

House Committee Sitting on Bill That Would Let Qualified Nurses Write Prescriptions

Proposed law would help deal with potential shortages

… following: Prescribe APRN license fees, and a method … he or she had been licensed or certified for less … Nursing to require a licensee under Part 172 (nursing) … competency courses, for license renewal. The … more

Three Unpaid Parking Tickets? No License!

… State deny a driver license renewal to any motorist … not issue a driver license renewal until the person … paid a $45 "driver license clearance fee." The … and thousands of unlicensed and uninsured drivers … more

Three Unpaid Parking Tickets? No License!

… State deny a driver license renewal to any motorist … not issue a driver license renewal until the person … paid a $45 "driver license clearance fee." The … and thousands of unlicensed and uninsured drivers … more

October 5, 2012, Weekly Roll Call

… Michigan theme on license plates: Passed 38 to … on standard design license plates. Who … more

Helping the Little Guy: Relieve Occupational Licensing Requirements and Fees

… comes to occupational licensing, both sides consistently … requirements. Licensing is a process by which … rules and regulations. Licensure is often applied … of Michigan requires licensing for hundreds of occupations, … more

The Dangers of Painting — State Law Requires Training, Exam, Fees For the Right to Earn a Living

'Irrational' licensing requirements force painters, floor sanders, glaziers to give time and money

… Thanks to Michigan s licensing apparatus, it ll … of state-approved prelicensure education, pass two … only 10 states that licenses painters and only five … firm s recent report on licensing in all 50 states. … more

Putting Up Gutters and Putting Down Tile Will Cost You in Michigan

State licensing laws on minor alterations among the most burdensome in the nation

… thanks to Michigan s licensing laws. Without … illegal. Michigan's licensing apparatus requires … states that requires a license for this type of work … the fourth highest licensing burden in the country, … more

Gov. Snyder’s Much-Needed Move on Licensing

… problems of occupational licensure. This is a much-needed … onerous. Occupational licensure laws require people … will be abated through licensure. The practice … distinguishable from other licensed, certified, and registered … more

Economic Protectionism and Consumer Safety

Examining legal challenges to occupational licensure

… protectionist occupational licensing schemes. Occupational licensing is often used as … constitutionality of licensing laws in court. The … specifically with occupational licensing was decided at a … more

Hooray for Gov. Snyder on Occupational Licensure

… problems of occupational licensure. The governor … will be abated through licensure. The practice … distinguishable from other licensed, certified, and registered … listing (as opposed to licensure) does little to protect … more

Is a “Sin Tax” A Good Reason to Revoke Driver Licenses?

… deny motorists their license if they have three … tickets necessary to have your license renewal denied by the … without a driver s license and break a more serious … Parking Tickets? No License! Pols Admit … more

July 18, 2014, Michigan Legislature Roll Call Report

Key votes from 2013-14

… hunting and fishing license fees: Passed 77 to … hunting and fishing license fees, and revise the … the minimum fishing license cost would increase … hunting and fishing license fees: Passed 24 to … more

It's Time for Scope of Practice Reform

Current laws increase health care costs and limit access

… medical professional is licensed to perform. They also … require costly annual license fees. A growing body … more

New Bill Aimed at Easing Fees, Regulations and Licensing Imposed on Businesses

… community. Tattoo parlors had their licensing fee increased from … fee and $150 a year licensing fee. Fee increases … business that must get these licenses and pay the fee hikes, … professions that require licensing. McHugh is … more

Brewers Should Be Careful What They Wish For

Nonsensical rules hurt everyone, not just Budweiser.


June 13, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Education, e-cigarettes and guns

… vehicle registration (license plate) tax rates for … increase the drivers license renewal fee from $18 … Revise concealed pistol license procedures: Passed … county concealed weapon licensing boards, and transfer … more

Senate GOP Says Three Unpaid Parking Tickets is Valid Reason to Hold Up Driver License Renewal

… a hold on driver s license renewals if the motorist … to have an operator license put on hold. It costs … Representatives. Driver s licenses are renewed every … holds put on driver licenses from March 2009 to … more

December 5, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Road funding, religious freedom, film subsidies more

… some 4 a.m. liquor licenses: Passed 22 to 14 in … more Feb. 11 Weekly Roll Call Report

… 130 (Ban drivers license renewal if three unpaid … will not renew a driver license. Referred to committee, … more

Pols Admit Bad Votes on Bad Driver Fees

… produce proof of a license or insurance when asked … without proof of a driver license. The bill would also … points on their driver license in a two-year period … those driving without licenses would be more likely … more

Hand Wringing Over Liquor Reforms

… have plenty of liquor licenses and plenty of beverages … Michigan has enough licenses to sell alcohol and … to be told no liquor license was available to them … the owner's 18-month licensing odyssey grinds forward.) Second, … more

The Rise and Regulation of Craft Beer

Comparing Michigan to competitors in the microbrewing game

… Michigan charges high licensing fees compounded … the two, with high licensing costs and lower taxes, … third highest potential licensing fees of the top ten. A … $1,000 for his annual license. He must also pay $6.30 … more

Everyone Should Have an Opportunity to Prosper

Regulations often hinder people from work

… mandates for occupational licensing stuck out: Mr. … obtaining occupational licenses,' he says. Aspiring … can face burdensome licensing requirements. Proponents … the reality is that licensure requirements exist … more

Ann Arbor Crackdown Illustrates Need for Statewide Ridesharing Framework

Eliminate gray areas surrounding Lyft and Uber

… fines. The chauffeur s license is much cheaper than a taxi license and [shows] any police … into the chauffeur s license, but ultimately decided … basically the same license I have already what, … more

An Impromptu Fishing Trip Isn't 'Pure Michigan'

… state, he buys a $150 license for his boat and that … boat, meaning only one license is required. According … required to have a fishing license. Individuals fishing … charter boat don't need a license. The process isn't … more

City Shuts Down Teen's Hot Dog Vendor Cart

… Gone Tomorrow - Licensing and regulation overkill … Living - 'Irrational' licensing requirements force … would repeal haircut licensing standards Commentary: … Benefit Consumers - Licensing standards need to … more

Free the Food

Cottage food industry regulations need revamp

… regulations, rules and licensing requirements the … course, you'll need a license .) According … the regulations and licensing mandates required … reassess the threat that unlicensed dog biscuits might … more

Statewide Ridesharing Regulations

A simple solution to the Uber lawsuit

… recently had its operating license revoked by the state … companies to acquire a license and register with the … more

January 31, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

… Bill 273: Impose licensure on "psychological … Senate To impose licensure and regulation on … "psychological associates," with license fees, continuing education … being eligible for a license, and other requirements … more

January 10, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

… Revise carrier pigeon licensure mandate Introduced … state-mandated carrier pigeon license if his or her facilities … period, driving without a license and failing to produce … Mandate front and rear license plates Introduced … more

Jan. 13, 2012 Weekly Roll Call

… barber pole display by unlicensed hair cutters Introduced … or she gets a state license, so that it would prohibit … who does not have the license from displaying a barber … is illegal without a license, and a new barber can t … more

The Dog Census

… see if they have unlicensed dogs. If … homeowners to produce licenses for their dogs. The … ticketed if the dog is not licensed, which can be nullified if a license is purchased within … more

Liquor Panel Formalized

… Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs … grant some 27 different licenses to regulate alcohol … array of different licenses. Do we really need … more

Nov. 18 Weekly Roll Call Report

… or she gets a state license, so that it would explicitly … is illegal without a license, and new barber can t get a license unless he or she completes … 2,000-hour course at a licensed barber college, and … more

I'm Just a Bill

… authorize a specialty license plate honoring the … authorize a specialty license plate with the motto, … authorize a specialty license plate honoring the … heritage" specialty license plate, with the premium … more

April 4, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Bills on militarized police, tax assessors, topless bars

… entertainment in liquor license law Introduced by … a Michigan attorney license must also belong to … Transfer concealed pistol license board duties to county … county concealed weapon licensing boards, and transfer … more

July 26, 2013, Weekly Vote Report

… Allow different drivers license and voter registration … address on their drivers license or state I.D. than … Bill 324 : Impose licensure on federal health … respectively, to impose licensure and regulation on … more

The Politics of Speed Limits

Some special interests oppose raising interstate speed limits

… with points on their licenses. It is almost impossible … Premium-setting based on license points is a murky science … they have on their license one of the criteria … more

November 15, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

… Bill 4633 , Mandate license plate replacement after … must replace their license plate after 10 years, … Senate To revise nursing licensure regulations to provide … restaurant that has a liquor license, and let the restaurant … more

House GOP Action Plan Points the Way to Real Reform

Repealing prevailing wage a top priority

… reform outdated laws and licensing regulations that … refilling of growlers at licensed establishments is … travel. Occupational Licensure : In 2012, the … recommendations on occupational licensing. Included in the … more

The Many Benefits of Ridesharing

Lyft and Uber provide transportation and jobs in Michigan

… obtaining a costly new license or starting a taxi … from needing a special license and set parameters … more

October 4, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

… 4633 , Mandate license plate replacement after … must replace their license plate after 10 years, … more

March 15, 2013, Weekly Roll Call

… Unlimited fundraising license plate, with most of … Unlimited fundraising license plate proceeds that … more

Jan. 27, 2012 Weekly Roll Call

… 130 , Ban drivers license renewal if three unpaid … not renew a driver license from six to three, … more

Job Churn Shows Why Targeted Tax Favors Do Not Work

There is constant job loss and creation in the state economy

… scaling back occupational licensing requirements. more

Detroit Receives Friendly Airbnb Ranking

… restrictions, taxation, licensing, and enforcement. Short-term … more

September 5, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report

Wolf hunts, golf carts and more licensure

… "No" Senate Bill 92 , Impose licensure on pharmacy assistants: … House To impose licensure and regulation on … (assistants), with license fees, continuing education … more

Grazed and Confused

Detroit's response to goats exposes bigger problem

… anyone. Detroit has licensing rules well beyond … more

September 14, 2012, Weekly Roll Call

… experience meets certain licensure requirements: Passed … electrical journeyman's license. The House passed … plumbers, plus passing licensure tests and paying … more

April 20, 2012, Weekly Roll Call

… of concealed pistol licenses (CPLs) to also keep … more

Back Toward Liquor Control

… results of instituting a Licensed Based System of … establishment of a licensed-liquor trade means … itself. In brief, a licensed liquor trade, once … alcohol by issuing licenses to producers, wholesalers … more

Cash-Hungry State Turns to Tattoo Parlor Fees for More Money

… needs to renew the license for each of his three … all of his business licenses would jump from $900 … initial three-year license from the state costs … costs $300 to renew the license for three years thereafter. … more

If You Can’t Expect People to Know About a Crime, Don’t Prosecute Them for It

… facility needed a specific license, which it lacked, to … lacked the required license, or even that it needed … more

Legislative Reforms in 2013 Leave Much to be Desired

… hunting and fishing licenses, off-road vehicle licenses, landfill tipping … more

Gov. Snyder Keeps Pace in State of the State

Bipartisan track record to expand government

… thanks to a simplified licensing structure. He did … hunting and fishing license prices , some by … more

Happy New Year: The Center Looks Back and Looks Forward

… limiting occupational licenses. The Mackinac … hunting and fishing licenses. Crony capitalism … protectionist occupational licensure and alcohol distribution. For … law imposing state licensure on dietitians and … more

January 18, 2013, Weekly Roll Call

… authorize a new specialty license plate, with the profits … containing information on licenses issued to individuals … more

November 30, 2012, Weekly Roll Call

… social services agencies licensed to oversee child adoptions, … should recommend a license suspension of six months … more

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