Senate approves Zorn government efficiency bill

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Tuesday approved Sen. Dale Zorn’s legislation as part of a 12-bill package to repeal 29 obsolete, burdensome or duplicative state reports.

“By cutting these costly and unnecessary reports, we can help make state government more efficient and effective with our limited resources,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Michigan has come a long way, yet we still face challenges. The time and money spent creating these reports would be better put to use addressing the top priorities of our families and job providers.”

Zorn’s bill is Senate Bill 1007, which would repeal a requirement that the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development report on food establishment licenses issued by the department during the preceding fiscal year. These reports take many hours to compile, and the department said it has not had any inquiries or questions regarding them in years.

SB 1000 is the most comprehensive bill in the Senate package. It would repeal 16 reporting requirements in the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. One report eliminated by the bill would be a report by the Department of Natural Resources on the Recreation Bond Fund, which has been closed out and has exhausted its funds.

“The reports eliminated by this package are a complete waste of taxpayer dollars,” Zorn said. “Reporting is a good thing when it helps improve state policies or public accountability. However, these are examples of bureaucratic paperwork that are outdated, no longer needed, provide little value to the public or Legislature, or report already available information.”

A total of 41 reports would be repealed by the Senate bills and companion House measures.

SBs 1000-1011 have been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.