Senate panel approves Zorn government efficiency bill

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

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

“These bills will help improve government efficiency and effectiveness by cutting costly and unnecessary reports,” 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 Michigan families and job providers.”

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. 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.

Zorn’s bill is SB 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.

“The reports eliminated by this package are outdated, no longer needed, provide little value to the public or Legislature, or feature information already available online,” Zorn said. “They are examples of bureaucratic paperwork that doesn’t help improve our state or public accountability and are a complete waste of taxpayer dollars.”

A total of 41 reports would be repealed by the Senate bills and companion House measures.

SBs 1000-1011 now head to the full Senate for consideration.