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2012 Senate Bill 1259: Increase business and occupational licensure fees

Public Act 308 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Sen. Mark Jansen (R) on September 11, 2012, to increase fees imposed on a wide range of occupations on which licensure mandates are imposed as a condition of earning a living in the profession. This and related House and Senate bills technically repeal the sunsets of previously enacted “temporary” fee increase laws, and are related to the budget for the next fiscal year. According to the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies, the bills would extract $15 to $20 million annually from business owners and tradesmen.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on September 11, 2012.
      • Reported in the Senate on September 20, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on September 20, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 20, 2012.
  2. Passed 33 to 5 in the Senate on September 20, 2012, to increase license fees imposed on various of businesses and occupations on which licensure mandates are imposed as a condition of earning a living. Technically, the bill repeals the sunset of previously enacted “temporary” fee increases. See also House Bills 5818 to 5825.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on September 20, 2012.
    • Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on September 20, 2012.
      • Reported in the House on September 27, 2012, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  4. Passed 82 to 26 in the House on September 27, 2012, to increase license fees imposed on various of businesses and occupations on which licensure mandates are imposed as a condition of earning a living. Technically, the bill repeals the sunset of previously enacted “temporary” fee increases. This is one of a large number of such fee increase bills passed because the 2013 budget passed in June, 2012 has already appropriated the extra money.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on September 30, 2012.

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