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2003 Senate Bill 320: Revise youth employment limits
  1. Introduced by Sen. Tony Stamas (R) on March 19, 2003, to revise the law that restricts the maximum number of hours that minors age 16 and 17 who are in school can work. The bill sets the limit at 20 hours a week or 24 hours with parent's permission, rather than the current law’s maximum of 48 hours combined school and work a week. The bill also extends exemptions to certain work limits that currently apply only to youth agricultural workers to also apply to minors doing other types of work.
    • Referred to the Senate Economic Development, Small Business and Regulatory Reform Committee on March 19, 2003.
    • Reported in the Senate on May 4, 2004, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on May 5, 2004, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that prohibits minors from working more than 22 hours in a school week, rather than 20 hours, or 24 hours with their parents' permission. The substitute also strips out a provision extending work limit exemptions that currently apply only to youth agricultural workers to minors doing other types of work. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 5, 2004.
  2. Passed 29 to 8 in the Senate on May 6, 2004, to revise the law that restricts the maximum number of hours that minors age 16 and 17 who are in school can work. The bill sets the limit at 22 hours a week, rather than the current law’s maximum of 48 hours combined school and work a week.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on May 6, 2004.
    • Referred to the House Commerce Committee on May 6, 2004.
    • Reported in the House on May 25, 2004, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. James Koetje (R) and Rep. Jack Minore (D) on June 1, 2004, to prohibit minors from working more than 20 hours in a school week, rather than 22 hours. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 1, 2004.
  4. Passed 75 to 31 in the House on June 1, 2004, to revise the law that restricts the maximum number of hours that minors age 16 and 17 who are in school can work. The bill sets the limit at 22 hours a week, rather than the current law’s maximum of 48 hours combined school and work a week.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Vetoed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on June 28, 2004.
  6. Received in the Senate on June 29, 2004.

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