LICENSING REQ.; VETERAN EXEMPTIONS                                                S.B. 312 (S-1):

                                                                                                    SUMMARY OF BILL

                                                                                                  ON THIRD READING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senate Bill 312 (Substitute S-1 as reported by the Committee of the Whole)

Sponsor:  Senator Marshall Bullock

Committee:  Committee of the Whole

 


CONTENT

 

The bill would amend the Occupational Code to do the following:

 

 --    Modify the requirements an applicant who was a dependent of a member of the Armed Forces, a dependent of a member of the uniformed services, or a dependent of a veteran would have to meet to receive a temporary license or registration.

 --    Require the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to issue a license or certificate of registration for an occupation under the Code without examination to an individual who demonstrated to the satisfaction of LARA that he or she was a member of the Armed Forces or uniformed services, a veteran, or a dependent of a member in the Armed Forces, a member of the uniformed services, or a veteran, and held a valid license or registration in that occupation from another state, among other criteria.

 --    Prohibit LARA from issuing a license or registration as described above if it determined that the issuance of a license or registration for an occupation under the Code could result in a violation of a Federal oversight or licensing guideline for that occupation.

 

The bill is tie-barred to House Bill 4376, which would amend the State License Fee Act to waive certain fees if an applicant were actively serving, or had served, in the Armed Forces or the uniformed services, or if the applicant were a dependent of a member of the Armed Forces, uniformed services, or a veteran. The bill also is tie-barred to House Bill 4377, which would amend the Skilled Trades Regulation Act to require LARA to issue a license or a certificate of registration for an occupation under the Act without examination to an individual who demonstrated to the satisfaction of LARA the criteria described above.

 

MCL 339.103 et al.                                                   Legislative Analyst:  Tyler VanHuyse

 

FISCAL IMPACT

 

The bill would have an indeterminate, likely moderate, negative fiscal impact on LARA. An increase in available exemptions to active members of the qualified organizations, veterans, and their dependents would result in decreased fee revenue to the respective bureaus within the Department. Most revenue from these fees is dedicated to administering licensing and regulatory programs. In addition, processing applications would require additional staff time. It is unlikely that the volume of work resulting from the bill would require an additional FTE.

 

The magnitude of the revenue loss and costs associated with the bill would depend on the number of applications for exemptions received in the affected professions. The Department does not have sufficient data to predict the potential increase in exemptions at this time, as it does not track military activity or other qualifying associations of applicants.

 

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs estimates that there are approximately 11,000 Michigan National Guard personnel and approximately 550,000 veterans in Michigan. These incomplete figures indicate that LARA could have to waive a moderately significant amount of fees and exams under the bills; however, there is not enough information to predict how many applicants would qualify for a waiver. For fiscal year 2018-19, the Department reported the following figures for exemptions because of veteran status:

 

Bureau

Exemptions

Total Fees Exempted

Construction Codes

295

$33,975

Corporations, Securities, and Commercial Licensing

6

$835

Professional Licensing

204

$20,550

Total

505

$55,360

 

The substantially higher number of individuals who could seek similar exemptions under the bill likely would result in an increase in exemptions over time.

 

Date Completed:  4-19-21                                        Fiscal Analyst:  Elizabeth Raczkowski

 

 

 

This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its deliberations and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.