Schuitmaker legislation to improve government efficiency moves back to Senate

Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker

Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan House of Representatives on Wednesday approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker that will make government more streamlined, efficient and responsive.

In Michigan, certain professions must complete continuing education to maintain their licensure with the state. Professions required to complete continuing education include doctors, nurses and dentists, as well as builders, engineers, electricians, and many others. This legislation will reduce the burdens associated with tracking continuing education requirements by using modern technology to track licensees’ continuing education in real time.

“The purpose of continuing education is to make sure licensees stay up-to-date on modern developments in their fields,” said Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “However, the outdated processes used by the state to verify completion of these requirements is paperwork-intensive and burdensome, often causing licensees to get bogged down with forms and red tape.”

Senate Bills 554 and 555 aim to reduce these burdens by allowing the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to contract with a third party that is able to electronically track the continuing education of Michigan’s professionals. This would replace the outdated process that LARA currently relies on.

“There are providers who offer these services at no cost to either the state or the licensee,” said Schuitmaker. “Allowing the state to contract with these services would remove the headache for consumers without adding any financial burden.

“Since I first took office more than 10 years ago, it has been my priority to make government more efficient. This legislation will improve the outdated continuing education verification procedure and make the process less burdensome for Michigan residents.”

SBs 554 and 555 will now return to the Senate for a concurrence vote.