An essential protection supported by the MMA to reduce state government overreach and anti-competitive regulations was moved to the full Senate.
A primary concern for manufacturers in Michigan is that they be able to compete on an even playing field with other states, a need that can be ignored when state regulations exceed the standards set in federal law.
House Bill 4205 (Representative Triston Cole, R-Mancelona) would prohibit a state agency from adopting rules more restrictive than the federally mandated standard unless a "preponderance of the evidence" establishes a need to adopt the more stringent rule.
“Manufacturers in Michigan must know that they can compete on equal footing with businesses in other states and this legislation assures them that, in most instances, the rules and regulations we have to abide by here are the same as those in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, California and everywhere else in the country,” said Andy Such, MMA director of environmental and regulatory policy.
The bill now moves to the full Senate where action is expected soon.