Snyder signs legislation removing permit requirements for the installation of business monitoring systems

Permit requirements for the installation of business monitoring systems have been eliminated under legislation signed Tuesday by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.

“Reevaluating the necessity of certain permit requirements helps make Michigan a better place to live and work, and these bills remove hurdles and help reduce costs imposed on employers and workers,” Snyder said.

House Bills 4654 and 4655, sponsored by state Reps. Michele Hoitenga and Beth Griffin, respectively, eliminate permit requirements for the installation of business monitoring systems, which allow a business to remotely monitor its premises through audio, video, or sensor detection systems. The bills remove the requirement to obtain a permit to install, maintain, replace or service any electrical wiring, equipment or devices associated with a business monitoring system that does not exceed 50 volts. The measures are now Public Acts 125-126 of 2017.

Snyder also signed five additional bills:

• House Bill 4580, sponsored by state Rep. Diana Farrington, allows the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to make, purchase or refinance, loans for one- to four-unit housing units, after April 3, 2011. It is now Public Act 127 of 2017.

• Senate Bill 223, sponsored by state Sen. Rick Jones, creates the Law Enforcement Officer Separation of Service Record Act to require law enforcement agencies to maintain a record regarding the reasons and circumstance surrounding a separation of service for all law enforcement officers. It is now PA 128 of 2017.

• SB 356, sponsored by state Sen. Joe Hune, requires designated employees of licensed manufacturers of beer, wine, and mixed spirit drinks, outstate sellers of beer, wine and mixed spirit drinks, wholesalers, and representative brokers to successfully complete a salesperson accreditation program prior to issuance or renewal of a salesperson license. It is now PA 129 of 2017.

• SB 357, sponsored by state Sen. Rebekah Warren, permits wholesalers or manufactures to provide refunds to retailers for the amount paid for beer or wine. The bill also allows a wholesaler or manufacturer to replace the beer or wine, under certain conditions. These conditions include if the beer or wine is outdated, discontinued, defective or may no longer be lawfully sold. It is now PA 130 of 2017.

• SB 358, sponsored by state Sen. Rick Jones, allows a manufacturer, warehouser, wholesaler, outstate seller of beer or mixed spirit drinks, or a vendor of spirits to provide a retailer sign that promotes the prices and brands—including special event pricing— under certain conditions. These conditions outline that signs must not be illuminated and must not have any use beyond advertising of brands, prices and events related to the alcoholic liquor. It is now PA 131 of 2017.

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