Senate votes to improve government efficiency by eliminating some reporting requirements

Senator Margaret O'Brien

Senator Margaret O’Brien

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate unanimously approved a 12-bill package to repeal 29 obsolete, burdensome or duplicative bureaucratic reporting requirements.

“More than 40,000 people work within state government and many hours and dollars are spent producing reports that are simply unnecessary,” said Senator Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage. “By eliminating these reports, we can help cut unneeded regulatory burdens, save tax dollars and make government more efficient and effective.”

O’Brien said much of the information contained in the to-be-repealed reports is already available online with no need to be compiled and sent as a public report for the governor or Legislature.

O’Brien sponsored Senate Bill 1008 in the plan. It would delete an unnecessary requirement of the state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to report on a liming material analysis. The department has not done any analysis of liming materials in more than 15 years.

Senate Bill 1000 is the most comprehensive bill in the Senate package. It would repeal 16 reporting requirements in the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act.

A total of 41 reports would be repealed should the Senate bills and companion House bills all be enacted.

“Removing these reporting requirements will help ensure that state employees spend their time at work more constructively, to improve the delivery of public services,” O’Brien said.

SBs 1000-1011 now head to the House of Representatives for consideration.