The bill would repeal the section of Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act that creates the Construction Safety Standards Commission, and would amend the Act to transfer the Commission's power to approve changes to construction safety standards to the Director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).
Under current law, proposed changes to construction safety standards must be approved by at least four members of the Commission, including one member representative of labor, and one member representative of management. The Commission consists of nine members who are appointed by the Governor to serve three-year terms. Four members represent labor, four represent management, and one member represents the general public.
The bill is tie-barred to House Bill 5922, and Senate Bills 1335 and 1336.
The bill would have a small, but likely positive, fiscal impact on LARA. Current law requires that Commission members be paid a per-diem as established by the Legislature, as well as have their costs reimbursed according to a schedule established by the Legislature. In recent years, however, the Legislature has not established these schedules, so the Commission has been inexpensive to operate.
This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its deliberations and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.