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Government Regulation & Interference

Government Regulation & Interference

REGULATORY REFORM

SBAM supports in the interest of improving the overall business climate in Michigan, a more efficient, customer service oriented licensing process should be established within state government’s regulatory agencies.

A state permitting process driven by good customer service which focuses on servicing private sector business needs, with a particular emphasis placed on cost containment and timetable efficiency for small and medium-sized business.

All current permits and regulations affecting small business should be reviewed and examined with the goal of reducing the number of permits and regulations, while eliminating duplicative requirements.

Create a regulatory self-certification compliance model that allows small business owners to efficiently comply with state requirements.  (Similar to how permitting is currently being accomplished through the Department of Agriculture.)

Require a Regulatory Impact Statement that would include a cost-benefit analysis, detail the steps taken to reduce the impact on small businesses, and compare the proposed rule to standards in other Great Lakes states.

Prohibit an agency from promulgating a rule that is more stringent than the applicable Federal standard unless authorized by statute.

Specify that a guideline, operational memorandum, bulletin, or interpretive statement would be merely advisory and could not be given the force and effect of law.

Require an agency's annual regulatory plan to identify all existing rules and consider whether they should be continued, changed or rescinded. (LAC 6/6/11)
(BOARD APPROVED 6/23/11)

SBAM supports changes in regulation governing the financial services industry which allow greater access to capital for small businesses. (LAC 6/11/12)
(BOARD 6/21/12)

AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT

SBAM opposes any legislation that interferes with the at-will relationship between Michigan’s employers and employees. (LAC 4/19/05)
(BOARD APPROVED 4/28/05)

SBAM opposes any government effort to place a mandate on employers that they provide paid or unpaid leave time for employees.  (LAC 1/05/09)
(BOARD APPROVED 1/22/09)

RIGHT-TO-WORK

SBAM supports moving Michigan toward being a right-to-work state. (LAC 9/27/2010) (BOARD APPROVED 10/21/2010)

COMPARABLE WORTH

SBAM opposes Comparable Worth. (LAC 3/15/90)

COMPETITION

SBAM opposes policies or legislation that would allow government to directly compete with existing businesses in the private sector. (LAC 6/1/09)  
(BOARD APPROVED 6/18/09)

CORPORATE ANNUAL REPORTS

SBAM supports eliminating the requirement to file an annual corporate report

DATA SECURITY BREACH LEGISLATION

SBAM opposes legislation that would set standards concerning data security that are greater than other state or federal standards. (LAC 10/05/09)
(BOARD APPROVED 10/22/09)

DEER FEEDING

SBAM opposes the deer baiting ban because of the negative impact it will have on hundreds of small businesses that sell bait, and depend on hunters for business
(LAC 9/29/08) (BOARD APPROVED 10/16/08)

E-VERIFY


SBAM opposes legislation that would require businesses doing business with state and local government entities to use the e-verify system. (LAC 1/11/2010)
(BOARD APPROVED 1/21/2010)

ERGONOMICS

SBAM opposes mandating ergonomic standards on small business.
(LAC 10/08/07) (BOARD APPROVED 10/26/07)

ITEM PRICING

SBAM supports the repeal of Michigan’s current item pricing system and supports implementation of the “Shopping Reform and Modernization Act.”  (LAC 2/14/2011)  (BOARD APPROVED 2/22/2011)

GUNS IN EMPLOYER PARKING LOTS

SBAM supports the right of employers to set policies with regard to firearms on their private property.
(LAC 04/19/10) (BOARD APPROVED 04/29/10)

LIQUOR LICENSE REFORM

SBAM supports the free enterprise ability of entrepreneurs to make decisions to choose the products and services they sell in their stores, including the sale of liquor at gasoline/convenience stores.  (LAC 4/27/94) (BOARD APPROVED 5/12/94)

MICHIGAN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT

SBAM supports the following with regard to MIOSHA:  provide a reasonable time frame for the business to correct deficiencies before a fine is levied, require MIOSHA inspectors to advise employers of their rights once an inspection is complete, allow employers to decide if MIOSHA inspectors can videotape inspections rather than use still photography, and require employees that file a complaint against an employer to execute an affidavit detailing the complaint. (LAC 10/31/95) (BOARD APPROVED 11/9/95)

MINIMUM WAGE

SBAM opposes efforts on the federal and state level to raise the minimum wage.
(LAC 3/20/89)

SBAM opposes efforts to raise the state’s minimum wage above federal levels. SBAM advocates expanding the Earned Income Credit as an alternative to raising the minimum wage above federal levels.  SBAM supports establishment of a training wage.  SBAM supports raising the Small Business Exemption and expanding it to cover all small businesses (ISSUES 91/92).

PETROLEUM MARKETING STABILIZATION ACT

SBAM will remain neutral on the basis that it is not appropriate for government to set prices for gasoline. (LAC 6/17/04) (BOARD APPROVED 6/24/04)

REGULATIONS

SBAM supports just compensation to a property owner when government adopts new regulations restricting the previously legal use of property.  SBAM filed an amicus curiae brief supporting Adams Outdoor Advertising on this issue.
(BOARD APPROVED 1/13/00)

SMOKING IN THE WORKPLACE


SBAM opposes laws which would ban smoking in the workplace.  
(LAC 4/07/08)  (BOARD APPROVED 4/24/08)

UNION CARD CHECK

SBAM opposes taking away the secret ballot for employees to determine if they wish to unionize, and the right of small business owners to have a dialogue with employees about the consequences of unionization should be preserved. (LAC 1/05/09)
(BOARD APPROVED 1/22/09)