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2005 House Bill 5447: Ban writing new business ergonomic regulations
  1. Introduced by Rep. Rick Jones (R) on November 29, 2005, to prohibit the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) or other state agencies from imposing rules and regulations regarding workplace “ergonomics.” This agency has been convening a “workgroup” for many months to draft such rules. Recent budget bills (Senate Bill 276, Public Act 156 of 2005) have prohibited funds from being expended for this purpose. Business groups have protested the workgroup and walked out of its meetings.
    • Referred to the House Commerce Committee on November 29, 2005.
      • Reported in the House on January 17, 2006, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on January 17, 2006, to replace the previous version of the bill with one containing technical changes that do not affect its substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on January 17, 2006.
  2. Passed 56 to 45 in the House on January 17, 2006, to prohibit the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) or other state agencies from imposing rules and regulations regarding workplace “ergonomics.” This agency has been convening a “workgroup” for many months to draft such rules.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on January 18, 2006.
    • Referred to the Senate Economic Development, Small Business and Regulatory Reform Committee on January 18, 2006.
      • Reported in the Senate on January 19, 2006, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  4. Passed 22 to 14 in the Senate on January 24, 2006, to prohibit the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) or other state agencies from imposing rules and regulations regarding workplace “ergonomics.” This agency has been convening a “workgroup” for many months to draft such rules.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Vetoed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on February 3, 2006.

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