Restrict vs. permit Uber; licensure mandates on analysts, scooter dealers, stair lifts, yoga schools

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Restrict vs. permit Uber; licensure mandates on analysts, scooter dealers, stair lifts, yoga schools


Check out these key votes made by lawmakers during the 2015-16 Michigan Legislature, and go to to sign up and see how the people who represent you voted on these and other issues that impact your daily life.


2015 House Bill 4637: Regulate Uber, Lyft, etc.; preempt local bans: Passed 71 to 39 in the House on June 17, 2015.

To establish a detailed but generally permissive regulatory framework that would enable “transportation network companies” like Uber and Lyft to operate in this state, including preemption on local government regulations or bans. The bill would require permits, specified insurance, background checks, vehicle inspections, prescribed customer disclosures and more. The Senate has not voted on this bill, and bills introduced there would be more restrictive and potentially let local government pass their own regulations and restrictions.


Senate Bill 1015, Impose licensure on practitioners of “applied behavioral analysis": Passed 34 to 1 in the Senate on September 21, 2016.

To impose licensure on practitioners of “applied behavioral analysis," with $90 annual license fees and other fees, regulations, scope of practice restrictions, education and experience requirements, and more. Senate Bill 1015 creates the mandate and this bill would create a state board comprised of officials and individuals who are already in this or related careers to devise specific rules, requirements and restrictions for new entrants.


2016 House Bill 5577: Impose licensure mandate on “mobility vehicle” dealers: Passed 96 to 12 in the House on June 2, 2016

To impose a new licensure and training mandate and associated regulations on new dealers of vehicles modified for use by disabled individuals (“mobility vehicles”).


2016 Senate Bill 818: Exempt yoga instruction schools from licensure mandate, Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on April 13, 2016 and 2 to 17 in the House on May 17, 2016

To exempt yoga teacher training schools from a state licensure mandate imposed on private trade-schools (“proprietary schools”). A bill analysis notes that many people take yoga teaching classes just for the experience, and “the regulations reportedly have created a business environment that deters...offering or expanding instruction programs".

Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 6, 2016


2015 House Bill 4163: Remove some licensure restrictions on residential lift installers: Passed 62 to 47 in the House on March 11, 2015 and 27 to 10 in the Senate on May 13, 2015

To permit a licensed residential home builder to install residential stairway lifts without being subjected to the much more rigorous licensure provisions that apply to elevator contractors.

Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on May 21, 2015


2015 House Bill 4344: New regulations on auto repair shops:

Passed 86 to 23 in the House on May 31, 2016, and 33 to 3 in the Senate on June 1, 2016

To codify into law the comprehensive regulatory regime currently imposed on vehicle repair facilities by rule, including a state registration mandate. An amendment was added and then modified to prohibit shops from replacing a major part on a newer vehicle with one not made by the vehicle's “original equipment manufacturer.” This was criticized as protectionism for automakers, and the final version of the bill appears to allow non-OEM parts if a customer authorizes this in writing.


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