Zorn’s skilled trades legislation signed by governor

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation sponsored by Sen. Dale Zorn as part of a 10-bill legislative package to update and improve guidelines and standards for skilled trade professions was signed on Wednesday by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“Michigan’s recovery has been led by jobs in manufacturing and other skilled trades, yet that growth has been limited as many job creators struggle to find workers with the necessary technical skills,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “We now have put in place updated and uniform standards that meet the highest marks for enforcement and efficiency — which will better enable the state to ensure the safety of our workers, the quality of their work and the ability of employers to find the skilled workers they need.”

Senate Bills 963-972, now Public Acts 407-416 of 2016, combine more than 30 years of state statutes to create the Skilled Trades Regulation Act in Michigan. The state previously operated under ambiguous statutes that had been pieced together over time and lack modern language with regard to application and complaint processes and enforcement of penalties. Zorn’s bill is now PA 412.

The new laws are designed to solve several consistency issues within the state’s skilled labor industries and establish efficient application, renewal, and testing processes for licensees.

“I am a small business owner who proudly employs highly skilled workers, and I have seen first-hand the need for clear and efficient standards,” Zorn said. “These new skilled trade laws will give our state safe and high standards and also help encourage current and future workers to choose a rewarding and successful career in the trades.”

Many Michigan workers are licensed across multiple trades and are subject to varying processes and requirements due to outdated statutes. The new laws would provide reliability for professionals with multiple skilled trade licenses.